- Posted November 4, 2013 by
Las Vegas, Nevada
This iReport is part of an assignment:
An ode to neon lights
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The Neon Museum & Boneyard: Las Vegas, Nevada
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Most of The Neon Museum’s signs are exhibited in “The Boneyard” where they serve as inspiration to fascinated artists, students, historians and designers. It’s home to some of the most treasured and world-famous signs of Las Vegas: Caesars Palace, Binion's Horseshoe, the Golden Nugget, and the Stardust. The 1950’s revolving tam from the not-so-ritzy Tam O’Shanter Motel? It’s here too, among others like the Lucky Cuss Motel, the Bow & Arrow Motel, The Silver Slipper, the Normandie Motel, Dot’s Flowers, the Landmark and 5th Street liquors.
The two-acre Museum campus includes the adjacent Neon Boneyard Park as well as the "The Boneyard" which houses more than 150 historic signs. Each sign in the collection has a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and the city's rich history – so do yourself a favor and take a guided tour. Changes and trends in design and technology are also illustrated in the pieces that range from the 1930s to the present.
The Neon Museum visitors’ center is located inside the historic La Concha Motel lobby, a distinctive shell-shaped building designed by acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams. The curvilinear La Concha Motel lobby is a striking example of Mid-Century modern design characterized by Atomic- and Space Age shapes and motifs. Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South (next to the Riviera Hotel), the La Concha lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved in 2006 to its current location for its second career as the museum’s Visitors’ Center. References to many of the lobby’s original interior design elements have been included in the newly refurbished facility, with two of the motel’s original signs – the mosaic lobby sign and a section of the main roadside sign – restored and illuminated as part of the museum’s rehabilitation efforts.
The Neon Museum and Boneyard: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101. www.neonmuseum.org
Photos by Vicki Arkoff