Preservation Magazine

Lost: Las Vegas Casino

Posted on: December 18th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

New Frontier HotelIn typical Las Vegas style, a 1942 casino was imploded last month after an extravagant fireworks display.

Thousands of tourists watched the 2:00 a.m. demolition on Nov. 13, cheering the demise of the New Frontier Hotel, where Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut in 1956 and the Supremes made their final performance in 1970.

The 16-story hotel, located on the Strip, will make way for the Plaza Las Vegas resort, a replica of New York's landmark hotel.

In May, El Ad Properties, an Israel-based company that bought the Plaza Hotel two years ago, paid a record $1.2 billion for the 986-room hotel and its 36 acres. The New Frontier closed in July.

Watch a video of the implosion >>

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Coppola Topples "Unsightly" 1970s Building

Posted on: December 17th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Inglenook ChateauNapa Valley residents called it an eyesore and a monstrosity. And now a 1970s building is on the way to disappearing from a historic winery in Rutherford, Calif.

Last week, Francis Ford Coppola, who owns the 235-acre Rubicon Estate and its buildings, began the six-week process of demolishing its concrete barrel cellar, which he calls "huge and unsightly."

The Heublein Corporation, Inc., the former owner of the estate, began building the $3 million barrel building in 1973, blocking roadside views of winery founder Gustave Niebaum's 19th-century mansion.

"Over the 32 years of our ownership, I've often thought to myself when I had to make an important decision, 'What would Gustave Niebaum do?'" Coppola said in a Dec. 13 statement. "I find the heritage of this estate a constant source of inspiration as we move forward."... Read More →

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Arizona Man Has Plan for 1913 Harvey House

Posted on: December 13th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Harvey House, Seligman, Ariz.An Arizona hotel might have a shot at seeing another year.

When the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad announced its plans to demolish the 1913 Havasu Hotel, which it abandoned in 1989, locals publicized the threat to one of the last historic buildings in tiny Seligman, Ariz., 80 miles west of Flagstaff. The Arizona Preservation Foundation put the Harvey House on this year's list of the state's most endangered places.

A "Harvey House," the hotel is one of an 80-building chain of railroad hotels and restaurants that entrepreneur Fred Harvey built throughout the West. ... Read More →

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New Look for Palm Springs Modern Hotel

Posted on: December 12th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Del Marcos HotelPalm Springs has become a hotspot for fans of mid-century modern architecture, inspiring restorations of the city's rare collection of Rat Pack-era buildings.

This fall, the new owners of the 1947 Del Marcos Hotel completed a renovation of the 16-room inn, designed by desert architect William F. Cody.

The hotel reopened in September after workers updated the lobby, installed new restrooms, and created a saltwater pool complete with piped-in music. "It's back to A-plus condition," says Jack Davis, manager and partner in the company that bought the hotel last year.... Read More →

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Last Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel on Track for 2010 Reopening

Posted on: December 10th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mason City, IowaWork is under way at the last remaining hotel Frank Lloyd Wright designed, the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, which has been closed since 1972.

Wright designed the Park Inn Hotel and adjacent City National Bank in 1910.

In September, Wright on the Park, Inc., the organization that is overseeing the work, bought the City National Bank, coming a step closer to fulfilling its mission to "own, restore, preserve, and maintain" the hotel and bank building.... Read More →

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