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Union Iron Works

One of several iron works along East 4th Street, Ed Casinella's specialized in ornamental work.

Union Iron Works opened at 555 E. 4th Street in 1935, helmed by seasoned blacksmith Ed Casinella, who had worked for years in the shop of Andrew and John Ginocchio (founders of Reno Iron Works). Casinella specialized in ornamental iron work for many houses around town.

In 1941, Casinella and his partners sold the business and the building to Richard “Dick” Wagner, who had bought the property next door (559 E. 4th Street) two years earlier for his Wagner Tank and Manufacturing Company. Connecting the two buildings on the inside gave Wagner the capacity to take on even larger steel fabricating and blacksmith work, including negotiating for lucrative defense contracts. Ed Casinella stayed on board as foreman and general manager.

Soon the company was reportedly the largest of its kind in the state. Business was so good that Wagner needed more room, and in 1944, he moved his operations across the street to the current site of Martin Iron Works. The old Union Iron Works building then became Hasco Heating and Air Conditioning Supply. Owned by Clyde Mast, Hasco sold everything from electric heating to televisions, and remained there for decades. As the block shifted away from industrial uses, the building became a series of nightclubs including Club Underground, Bodega, and, most recently, The Bluebird.

Images

Bodega
Bodega Continuing the area's shift away from industrial operations toward commercial, entertainment, and entrepreneurial ventures, the Bodega Nightclub was operating in the historic Union Iron Works building in 2014. Creator: Alicia Barber Date: 2014
War Bonds for Victory
War Bonds for Victory During World War II, war bonds and stamps were for sale at the combined Wagner Tank & Manufacturing and Union Iron Works, which had recently been joined to form a plant with more than 16,000 feet of floor space. Source: Reno Evening Gazette Date: June 30, 1942
Hasco ad
Hasco ad Founded by Clyde Mast in the early 1940s, Hasco opened a sheet metal shop at 555. E. 4th Street in 1947, as advertised in this 1950 Nevada state telephone directory. Source: Nevada state telephone directory Date: 1950
Appliances for sale
Appliances for sale Having moved its shop into the building in the 1940s, the Hasco Company sold a variety of appliances including the Crosley Shelvador, advertised as "the most convenient freezer in the world" in this 1955 newspaper advertisement. Source: Reno Evening Gazette Date: February 23, 1955

Location

555 East 4th Street, Reno, NV

Metadata

Alicia Barber, “Union Iron Works,” Reno Historical, accessed June 14, 2024, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/89.