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|Ormsby House Hotel & Casino|
|Location||Carson City, Nevada|
|Address||600 South Carson Street|
|Closing date||September 23, 2000|
|No. of rooms||220|
|Total gaming space||10,000 sq ft (930 m2)|
The Ormsby House is a hotel and casino in Carson City, Nevada. Originally opened in 1971, it closed on September 23, 2000, for extensive renovations. Its re-opening was originally planned for July 4, 2001, but has been pushed back many times due to construction delays, and management changes. As of September 2013, the re-opening was estimated for November 2014.
The original Ormsby House was built in 1860 by Major William Ormsby, at the corner of 2nd and Carson Streets. Major Ormsby was killed later that same year in the Pyramid Lake War. The hotel lasted until the early 1900s, when it was purchased by Dominique Laxalt and later demolished.
In 1972, a brand new Ormsby House was built by Dominique's son, former Nevada governor Paul Laxalt, at the corner of 5th and Carson Streets. In 1975 the Laxalts sold it to Woody Loftin, and on his death in 1985 it passed to Truett Loftin. The hotel was forced into bankruptcy protection in 1990, and in 1993 the property was foreclosed and shut down. The Ormsby House stayed closed until 1995, when it was reopened by Barry Silverton. In 1997, it went through bankruptcy and foreclosure again. This time the new owners appointed former lieutenant governor and future Reno mayor Bob Cashell as general manager. Cashell managed to turn the property around, and in 1999 it was sold to Carson City businessmen Al Fiegehen and Don Lehr, owners of Cubix Computer Corporation. They toyed with the idea of keeping the casino open during renovation, but finally decided to lay off all the employees and perform a complete inside-out renovation.
The Ormsby House was closed on September 23, 2000. Renovation was originally scheduled to be completed on July 4, 2001, but a combination of construction delays, numerous plan changes, permit problems, and ongoing perceived problems with the city have stretched the project out to more than ten years. At one point the owners became so frustrated with dealing with the city and the imposition of rules that do not apply to a remodel that they threatened to demolish the building. As of September 2013, the re-opening was estimated for November 2014.
The renovated Ormsby House will feature a hotel, casino, four bars, wedding chapel, coffeehouse, fine dining, buffet, nightclub, and entertainment center. A small slots and video poker casino and bar operates in the hotel's parking structure, in order to maintain the gaming license.
- John Barrette (September 25, 2013). "Ormsby House could open next year". Nevada Appeal. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- Official website
- Ormsby House Renovation Gallery (construction photos)
- September 23, 2000, Reno Gazette Journal article on the closure and renovation plans[dead link]
- Carsonpedia Ormsby House article