Top 5 Historical Buildings in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city that likes to tear down the old buildings and create a new city every few years. It’s amazing that anything old is left, but fortunately some marvelous landmarks have been left untouched. These are some of the few interesting historical buildings in Las Vegas that are still standing.

The Golden Gate Casino

The Golden Gate Casino is the oldest hotel-casino in operation. The hotel was christened on January 13, 1906, with the name of Hotel Nevada. The cost for a room and meals was $1 per day. The name was changed to the Golden Gate Casino in 1955.The history is more than being the oldest hotel-casino ,its history includes the first telephone in Las Vegas and the first shrimp cocktail which it still offers for $1.99. This casino is one of the most fun buildings in Las Vegas to visit The Golden Gate Casino Hotel.

The El Portal Theater

Opened in 1928, the theater was the city’s first movie house. The exterior now remains as a historic hacienda –style architecture masterpiece. The interior was gutted of the luxury created by Architect Charles Alexander MacNelledge. This was a place for the elite movie clientele, and it was the first building in Las Vegas to be air conditioned. The interior leaves very little of the Wurlitzer organ and the grand chandeliers that contributed to the glory of the El Portal, but a good imagination can help the visitor see what the theater once was.  (www.library.edu/arch/lasvegas/elportal.html)

The Original Las Vegas High School

Built in 1930, the first Las Vegas High School has been converted into the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. It is by far one of Las Vegas’ most acclaimed architectural masterpieces, and it is the best example of Art Deco architecture in Las Vegas. The artistic fascia features concrete cast and stucco friezes portraying animals, vegetation and medallions. The building is listed on both the National Register of Historical Places and the state Register of Historic Places.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/las_vegas_high_school)

The Sahara Hotel

No list of historic Las Vegas sites would be complete without including The Sahara. Built in 1952, Las Vegas historians would argue that the Sahara was last bastion from Las Vegas’ golden age. The Sahara closed on May 16, 2011 but the building still remains as a jewel of the desert and a monument to some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities who performed there and were also guests. Grace Kelly and Spencer Tracy were frequent visitors. Tony Bennett, Don Rickles, and Liza Minelli frequently drew large audiences when they appeared. Sonny and Cher celebrated their glory days at the Sahara. In the days when the desert was beginning to become a hot spot for entertainment, the Sahara drew some of the biggest names. Standing in front of the Sahara, one can relive its glorious past by imagining the days when the greatest names in show business frequented the hotel. (www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2011/may16/bars-closed-casino-floor-action-winds-down-sahara/)

The Post Office/Federal Building

This neoclassical style Post Office/Federal Building was built in 1933 with funds provided by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration. It’s amazing that this Las Vegas gem was built by Federal money during the depression because it would not be affordable today. This building houses the city’s post office, and was the city’s first federal courthouse. The building is historically significant as one of the sites where Kefauver held hearings on organized crime in 1950.

Share