Las Vegas has gone through some phases. It started out as the Wild West, with saloon doors and wagon wheels. Then it decked itself out in midcentury modern sleekness, and moved on to twenty-story high neon signs. Then came Disney-like theme parks featuring castles and pirates, followed by replicas of Venetian canals, New York skyscrapers, and the Eiffel Tower. More recently, the Strip decided to get classy, with casinos designed by famous architects and zillion-dollar collections of art.
Join Stefan Al and myself in this episode as he shares the wonderful history of Las Vegas architecture! We talk about the different Vegas eras, how feverish competition fueled this story, and how the strip not only reflected trends but also magnified them and sometimes even initiated them.
Visit Stefan on his site at https://www.stefanal.com/
And grab your copy of his book, The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream, at https://www.stefanal.com/the-strip
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