DeGiacoma Building

The story of the DiGiacoma Building began more than a century ago, when Paul DeGiacoma and Rose Gardella were married in Reno in 1920 and moved into a wood frame home at 212 West Commercial Row. In 1922, they purchased the Reno Italian French Grocery at 261 Sierra Street from the Barengo Brothers and operated it together.

Paul was a native of Torino, Italy who had immigrated to the United States in 1906 and Rose was an American born in New York of Italian ancestry. Their market sold imported Italian and French groceries, including olive oil, pasts, salame and Mortadella di Bologna, and canned goods.

In 1931, the DeGiacomas had the brick building now identified as 214 West Commercial Row constructed on the site of their home to house their grocery. The building had three storefronts, numbered 210, 212, and 214, and an apartment in the rear portion. where they lived.

Its construction moved the mercantile district of Commercial Row further west than it had been before, on the block between West Street and Chestnut Street (now Arlington Avenue). The original plan was to follow the construction of the single-story section with two additional stories, but the additional floors were never built. The building's other two storefronts housed a variety of businesses, including a tavern called the Tap Room, the Nevada Barber & Beauty Supply Company, and an automotive supply company.

Rose and Paul operated the market together until Paul's death in 1945. The grocery then closed, and the space was occupied by a series of businesses in the years to follow, including a slot machine display room, a wartime surplus store, and a delicatessen called the Eat-n-Shop. The building remains standing today, one of the last reminders of how Commercial Row once appeared.

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