Showboat, Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Del Webb decided to take his trademark Sahara hotels to Atlantic City in 1980. His long-time architect, Martin Stern designed a Sahara Boardwalk Hotel as a modern streamlined, stylized showboat, which utilized a stepped tower with which he had experimented in his unrealized Las Vegas Xanadu project in 1976. When Webb’s Atlantic City project collapsed, Stern used the same design for Showboat Inc.’s new Boardwalk hotel which opened in1987. Harrah’s bought out its rival casino owner Showboat Inc. in 1998 and kept the Showboat name on this successful property, with an interior make-over in purple Mardi Gras, which had become Harrah’s national theme.



Photograph of the front desk in the Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, 1987

Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, 1987
Photograph of the Showboat from the beach, Atlantic City, circa March, 1987

Showboat from beach, Atlantic City, 1987
Photograph of an aerial view of the Showboat Hotel and Casino (Atlantic City), 1

Aerial view of Showboat Hotel, 1987

Related Links:
Special Collections Martin Stern, Jr. page

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  • 1987

    Showboat, Atlantic City opens

Skyline Comments
Photograph of a rendering of the International Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1968:
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Film transparency of the swimming pool and patio of the Thunderbird Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1950s:
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