Marion Hotel

Lincoln Lounge

John Corsiglia had this three-story brick building constructed on his property at Fourth and Peavine (later Evans Avenue) in 1907 for $20,000. A native of Italy, Corsiglia had immigrated to the United States in 1870, reportedly working for a time as a miner and stagecoach driver in Virginia City.

By the 1890s, Corsiglia and his family were living in Reno, where he bought property on E. Second Street, and by 1903, operated a blacksmith shop on Peavine, just south of where the hotel now stands. In 1906, he moved his family into a wood frame house next door to the shop and hired contractors Clock & Shea to build the hotel from designs by local architects Woodard & Comstock. It opened in November 1907 as the Royal Hotel, with the Royal Bar on the ground floor cleverly offering free lunch with drinks.

Although opening the same year as the Hotel Richelieu directly across Fourth Street, the Royal was more modest in size, offering just 14 rooms for rent on two upper floors with a single bathroom on each floor. Seeking “steady roomers,” the Royal appealed mostly to workers and divorcees waiting out their temporary residency. Its proximity to the Southern Pacific and Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad depots gave it a distinct advantage. Changing management renamed the hotel the Rochester and then the Abbott House in the 1920s, but by 1930 and for decades afterwards, it was known as the Marion Hotel.

The Royal Bar on the ground floor experienced its own transformations, becoming a grocery called the Reno Bazaar in the 1920s. In the thirties and forties, it was called the Victory Market and then the Lincoln Market, referencing the transcontinental Victory and Lincoln Highways, which converged along Fourth Street through Reno. As the demand for markets along the corridor decreased, the space was devoted to retail, from used furniture to appliances, and then to a series of bars and clubs. The building currently houses the Lincoln Lounge.

Images

Neighborhood bar, ca. 1980s

Neighborhood bar, ca. 1980s

By the 1980s, the building's ground floor housed a series of neighborhood bars. Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

The block in 1918

The block in 1918

A 1918 Sanborn fire insurance map of the block shows the hotel building at the top left (the pink signifies brick construction), surrounded by wooden frame buildings, indicated in yellow. Image courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress View File Details Page

Market & Sausage Factory

Market & Sausage Factory

Through most of the 1920s the building's east commercial space housed the Columbus Cash Market & Sausage Factory. Operated by Italian native Goddard C. Borellini, the factory claimed to be "the only manufacturers of all kinds of Italian style sausages in the state of Nevada." Image courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

Reno Jazz Club, 2002

Reno Jazz Club, 2002

The Reno Jazz Club was a popular E. 4th Street venue in the early 2000s. Further down the street are the Alpine Glass Building and, across the railroad tracks, the Morris Hotel. Photo by Max Chapman View File Details Page

Lincoln Lounge, 2011

Lincoln Lounge, 2011

The Lincoln Lounge opened on the building's ground floor in 2008, named in homage not to the Lincoln Highway, but to President Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Catherine Magee View File Details Page

Street Address:

306 East 4th Street, Reno, NV [map]

Cite this Page:

Alicia Barber, “Marion Hotel,” Reno Historical, accessed July 25, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/86.

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