Hidden Corning


HiddenCorning_AthensHotel_TITLEWe’re debuting a series of posts that will take a look above, below, around, and behind the things you see in Corning everyday.  Hidden Corning will reveal details and stories about interesting features of the City and its environs that are not exactly in plain sight.

Today we take a look at the Athens Hotel.  Opened by James Kotsones in November 1925, the hotel’s eleven rooms have not seen active use in decades.  The original layout remains basically unchanged – and currently stands (at 46 W. Market Street) as an interesting time capsule from much earlier in our City’s history.

The building that housed the Athens Hotel is still family-owned and currently keeps Realty USA as its ground floor tenant.  We’re planning a follow-up feature on the family and their future plans for the former hotel, so stay tuned.

Urban Corning readers, do you have any stories about the Athens Hotel?  Or ideas for future Hidden Corning features?  Share them in the comments.

Dave Rochelle
Dave owns Rochelle Media Works and is a partner at CreAgent Marketing in Corning, NY
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  1. Kim Sowden
    July 7, 2015

    I worked at the Athens as a teenager, then rented the apartment above what used to be Earl’s Jewelers. Sophie Kotsones showed me the hotel once. Always thought it would make a great place to live.

  2. Linda
    July 23, 2015

    My friends and I use to go there as teenagers in the 60s and have hot fudge sundaes! I hope they do something to restore it, maybe make it senior apartments.

  3. Ethan
    August 28, 2015

    It’s a shame that the building has become so unsightly!

  4. Mary Ann
    December 9, 2015

    So interesting. With the boutique hotels and apartments opeing on Market Street hopefully this too will be refurbished and once again be productive usable space.

  5. Deb. Gleason Rittmeyer
    April 21, 2016

    My grandfather, Walter J. Gleason, was a barber in Corning for many years, in association with Joseph Roche (the shop was called “Roche and Gleason”). In 1935, the 3-chair shop moved from 10 W. Market Street to the Athens Building. By 1947, it had moved again, to 62 W. Market Street.


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