El Cortez Hotel & Casino opened in 1941 at 600 Fremont Street.  Fremont Street was the center of Las Vegas’ tourism industry and the heart of the city’s entertainment district from its incorporation in 1905 until the early 1950s, when it was supplanted by the booming resorts along the Las Vegas Strip.   When El Cortez opened it became the largest and most fashionable hotel/casino on Fremont Street and would remain so for the next decade.  El Cortez represented downtown’s prosperous future at a time when Fremont Street was the heart of the city.

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. Images are courtesy of El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

El Cortez is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest, continuously operating casino operating under the same name in the United States.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino National Register Nomination Report