Onesto Hotel History
A Canton Icon
By 1910, Frank Onesto, now manager, decided to purchase the Delmont Hotel, becoming the owner at the young age of 18. But he dreamed of a larger and grander establishment for the corner of 2nd Street and Cleveland Avenue, and in 1929 the Delmont was torn down to make way for the now historic hotel, the Hotel Onesto.
Turning a Dream into Reality
Frank Onesto pioneered the Onesto Hotel project with a band of community investors and The Onesto Hotel Co. was formed. No expenses were spared in the construction of the 12-story Onesto and despite the recent crash of the stock market, hotelier Francis A. Onesto persevered and opened the crown jewel of hotels in downtown Canton. The 12-story Italian Renaissance property featured the latest comforts of the time along with the finest furnishings and amenities available.
Frank is remembered by the Canton community and those he worked with and served as a hardworking and generous man.
“He was like a godfather to me. I always take flowers to his grave and remember him. When he gave, his left hand did not know what his right hand was doing. He did it quietly. He did not get up on a podium and do it for the attention. I got more out of working for him than all my college or working years. He taught me you do it now. You do not procrastinate.”
– Margie Wolf Scherrard (Frank’s former employee at the Onesto)
A Gem of its Time and Popular Destination
The hotel also featured many convenient first class amenities for its guests, including Paolo’s Barber Shop, a ladies lounge, restaurant, coffee shop and the popular Crystal Lounge. The Hotel Onesto was the main place to stay in the area during its golden age, and this premier hotel hosted many celebrities and prominent figures, including President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Al Capone. Many small and large events took place at the renowned Onesto, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony in 1963.