It kind of takes your breath away when you start to think of all the neon treasures we have lost over the years. And it makes us thankful for the Neon Museum for doing all they do to keep those signs from being lost to history.
Here are some of our favorite signs-Tell us what were yours!
Algiers sign that once graced the front of the small hotel and lounge.
The Desert Rose Motel that once sat on Las Vegas Blvd South. Luckily for all of us, it found a home at the Neon Museum and awaits restoration.
The little El Sombrero Cafe which was a power lunch hang-out for many years.
Glitter Gulch, the way it used to be- I miss that canyon of neon
Best place for frog legs in the Valley. Very old school and no longer with us.
La Concha Motel- the sign and Paul Williams designed building are part of the Neon Museum!!!!
The Last Frontier Village- early Frontierland!
Somerset Shopping Center
The galaxy exploded across the front of the Stardust
The Starlite Motel in North Town
The Swim-In-Pool Supply Company
Vegas Trailer Supply on Boulder Highway
Thanks to Allen Sandquist for allowing us to use some of his images.
FREE LECTURE PART OF PRISM TV SIGNS OF THE TIMES LECTURE SERIES
On Saturday, May 23, join the Neon Museum for “Motor Court Magic: Mid-Century Architecture and the Roadside Motel” from 6 to 8 p.m. This public discussion is in conjunction with a brand-new survey of historic downtown Las Vegas motor courts designed to inform the public and motel property owners of the economic and cultural value of their properties and signs. The panel will also address how motor courts originated, impacted travel and eventually evolved into resort hotels. In addition, the ways in which roadside architecture helped shape the Southwest and subsequent landscape preservation strategies will be explored.
“Motor Court Magic” will be moderated by Urban Design Coordinator and Historic Preservation Officer Courtney Mooney, City of Las Vegas, and represents a collaboration between the Neon Museum, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Nevada Preservation Foundation and the City of Las Vegas. Panelists will include Demion Clinco, President of the Tucson Hisoric Preservation Foundation Board; Jerry Stefani, roadside historian and creator of "Then and Now - Las Vegas Motels Driving Tours;" Susanna Newbury, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, and Craig Palacios and Tina Wichmann, co-founders and principals, BUNNYFiSH studio.
"The Historic Preservation Commission is thrilled to participate in the Motor Court Magic panel discussion,” said Robert Stoldal, chairman, Historic Preservation Commission. “One of the commission's focus has been to inventory mid-century modern buildings in Las Vegas in order to promote their preservation through events like this. These motels were so important to the growth and development of Las Vegas, setting the tone for Fremont Street and the Strip. Their preservation and activation is vital to downtown's revitalization."
Adds Michelle Larime, interim executive director, Nevada Preservation Foundation: "Nevada Preservation Foundation is extremely excited to be involved with this great outreach program. Motor court motels speak to the history of Vegas and really define our city's culture on many levels. The opportunity to preserve these buildings and integrate them into future plans for downtown Las Vegas should be an essential piece in revitalizing our community and local economy."
Saturday, May 23rd
Neon lovers everywhere should be happy to know that the Riviera lettered sign has found a new home at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.
“We will be receiving several signs from the Riviera (although I can’t confirm which at this juncture) and that they have been fantastic and clearly mindful of the significance of the property and caring for it,” Neon Museum Executive Director Danielle Kelly says.
Hopefully, the Marge Williams designed sign that presided over the Paradise entrance to the hotel (and at one time graced the front of the hotel) will also find a home at the Museum.
You can own a piece of the Riviera Hotel.
National Content Liquidators will begin selling off everything from gaming tables to pool furniture to industrial mixers, room decor and everything in between Thursday, May 14. The sale begins at 9:00 am. Sale hours during the week and on Saturday are 9:00am - 7:00pm and on Sunday selling hours will be 10:00am - 5:00pm.
The entrance fee the first four days of the sale will be $10. Everything is being sold as is and no lay-aways or holds for pick up or returning with more cash will be honored. Cash, Visa, Mastercard and AmEx will be taken so leave those Discover cards at home.
No food or drink will be available inside the hotel so be forewarned.
Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly as the lines will be long waiting to get in to view and purchase the treasures.
Have fun and let us know what you buy!
Here is the Facebook page for NCL as they are having issues with their website:
LAS VEGAS STORIES
The Story of Classic Las Vegas makes its Clark County Library debut this Thursday at the Flamingo Library. I'll be there introducing the film (along with some special guests) and doing a Q &A. Hope you can join us!!!!
The Story of Classic Las Vegas
Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
This documentary chronicles the history of Las Vegas beginning in the early 1900s and follows it through its perilous struggle to survive, using first-person narrative from the men and women who helped shape Las Vegas into its legendary status.
Producer Lynn Zook will be on hand to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session following the screening.
DVDs of the film will be available for a special discounted price of $20.00
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
For more information, please call 702.507.3458.
Free and open to the public.