Riveria original construction by Roy France and Son for $8.5 million
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sam Cohen and a group of Miami investors with mob ties developed and built the Riviera, an architectural departure for the Strip at the time with its five-story, white Miami modern façade.
It opened in 1955 with Liberace as the headliner, who was paid the highest salary in Strip history. Within three months, the Riviera went bankrupt and was taken over by a new set of owners and operators.
Since then, the Riviera has shown great resiliency and has undergone continuous expansion, renovation, and re-theming, much of it the work of Martin Stern. All of the buildings, including the original, still stand and are incorporated into the current sprawling facility.
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Riviera Hotel opens
Gus Greenbaum of the Flamingo takes over management of the Riveria. Later he is murdered in Phoenix in 1958.
Riveria expansion by Harold Levitt
Riveria south wing additions by Harold Levitt
Riviera is bought out by Hotel Riviera, Inc. (with Broadway producer David Merrick as a partner and later vice-president).
A small group of stockholders buys out the rest of the Riviera. Edward Torres, the former general manager of the Fremont, becomes the major stockholder of the re-organized company.
Dean Martin becomes 10% owner of the Riveria
Dean Martin sells out of Riveria ownership
Riveria purchased by American International Travel Services of Boston, Edward Torres remains president of hotel
300-room East Tower (Monte Carlo Tower) addition to Riveria by Martin Stern Jr.
Riveria 6-story addition
Riveria conference center addition
Riveria is purchased by Meshulam Riklis and Isador Becker
Riveria front entrance renovated
Riviera additions made
Riviera entrance and coffee shop renovations
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- Film transparency of the swimming pool and patio of the Thunderbird Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1950s:
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