Riviera

Riviera

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.

 

Photograph of the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, 1950s

Riviera Hotel,  1950s

 

Rendering of the Riviera Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), proposed Riviera tower, c


Rendering, Riviera Hotel, circa 1981

 

 

Photograph of a pool scene at the Riviera, Las Vegas, circa 1955

Pool scene at the Riviera, circa 1955

 

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Timeline
  • 1955

    Riviera Hotel opens

Skyline Comments
Photograph of a rendering of the International Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1968:
This is a great image. Thanks
Photograph of men playing faro in a Fremont Street casino (Las Vegas), circa 1930:
I love this picture and the other one you have on the Faro Game. Please let me know How I...
Film transparency of the swimming pool and patio of the Thunderbird Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1950s:
The 1950'S images are great! Do you have more like this and how can I order reproductions?