El Cortez was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation, on Thursday afternoon. Hotel officials, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin were on hand for the event.
Architectural historian Peter Moruzzi, who led the application process on behalf of the hotel and casino, shared that since the 1990s, the iconic property has caught his eye and felt that it belonged on the prestigious NRHP. After reaching out to CEO of El Cortez Kenny Epstein while in town in 2012 for a speaking engagement, he began the submission for this significant designation.
Joining Moruzzi, Epstein and Mayor Goodman unveiled a commemorative plaque on the façade of the hotel at the corner of Sixth and Fremont Street with applause and cheers. Mayor Goodman presented Alexandra Epstein, executive vice president and managing partner of El Cortez, with a proclamation from the City of Las Vegas to honor the hotel for its entry on the NRHP. Courtney Mooney, historic preservation officer for the City of Las Vegas, and Dorothy Wright, chair of the City of Las Vegas’ Historic Preservation Commission, were also in attendance.
Constructed in 1941, El Cortez is primarily Spanish Colonial Revival style but reflects the 1952 remodel when the façade was ‘modernized’ and the marquee and prominent rooftop signage were added. El Cortez remains one of the oldest establishments on Fremont Street and is the only establishment to continue operation under its original name.
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