Chapel of the Bells closes its doors

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) It's the end of an era for a piece of Reno's history. After 56 years in business, the Chapel of the Bells wedding chapel on W. 4th Street closed its doors for good.

According to Margaret Flint, daughter to owner George Flint, the business had been on a steady decline for years.

"Some days it wasn't even cost effective to open the doors," Margaret said.

According to the Washoe County Clerk's website, 7,765 marriage licenses were issued last year. Margaret says most couples are turning from the novelty of wedding chapels. On the last day of business on Wednesday, February 28, the chapel performed two ceremonies.

The family was getting ready to wrap things up when they were approached by representatives from Jacobs Entertainment to buy the building. Jacobs Entertainment has been slowly buying and demolishing buildings in the 4th St. area all to make room for its planned "Fountain District." The two buildings on either side of the Chapel of the Bells were previously demolished. Margaret says her family's business will meet the same fate later this year.

But Margaret says she's hopeful the "Fountain District" will take shape.

"This area has become so bad and seedy over the years," she said.

According to the Washoe County Assessor, the Flints sold the property to Jacobs Entertainment in April of 2017 for $1,000,000