From the El Rancho to CityCenter, the Las Vegas Strip with its mega-resort hotel/casinos has developed a distinctive architectural style and type, which has now been copied and exported to other gaming and resort cities throughout the world. Not only has this architecture transformed the physical environment of Las Vegas, it has become a leitmotif for post-modern architecture. Aesthetically eclectic, it has become a hallmark of the themed amusement park that characterizes the new urban entertainment and recreational space.
This digital collection of nearly 2,000 drawings, sketches, and photographs captures the history of resort architecture in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City, and its wider impact on the world. Highlighted are the works of two renowned Las Vegas architects: Martin Stern, who designed the Hilton International and the original MGM Grand, and Homer Rissman, whose designs include the Flamingo Hotel towers and the original Circus Circus tent.