Construction on the Lady Luck/Hacienda begins
Las Vegas, Nevada
The early south Strip was primarily developed by southern California hotel developers. Efstonbuilt Co., a Chicago restaurant fixture contracting company which had relocated to Los Angeles, developed an idea for a resort hotel in Las Vegas on the undeveloped south end of Highway 91. James Efston had invited his Chicago friend, architect Homer Rissman, to California to remodel the coffee shop and drugstore in the Long Beach Wilton Hotel. This association with Efston led to Rissman’s designing the Lady Luck, his first Las Vegas hotel in 1954. The Lady Luck, which was bought while still in design by the California Hacienda Motel chain, eventually opened as the Hacienda in 1956.
The Lady Luck opens as the Hacienda
Hacienda 266-room addition
Hacienda 214-room addition
Hacienda adds 11-story tower convention hall
The Lady Luck/Hacienda is imploded to make way for Mandalay Bay
- Photograph of a rendering of the International Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1968:
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- Photograph of men playing faro in a Fremont Street casino (Las Vegas), circa 1930:
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- Film transparency of the swimming pool and patio of the Thunderbird Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1950s:
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