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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:53 pm

I would like to start a list of the BEST SURVIVING examples of Mid Century Modernism in Las Vegas. This is limited strictly primarily to buildings not signage. These should be above average examples of Mid Century Modern principles.

If you would like to contribute, please name the building(s), give the address and a brief description (as best as you can) and photos if you've got 'em. I will update this top post as buildings get added or corrections/addl. info is posted.

~ LIST UPDATED on 4-11-07

CITY
1) Ranchara Square Medical Center
2) Morelli House
3) Trinity Church with Unisphere SEMI-LOST
4) Central Telephone (now Sprint)
5) Fremont Hotel and Casino
6) Huntridge Theater
7) Mint - LOST
8) Moulin Rouge SEMI-LOST
9) Horseshoe Casino
10) Las Vegas COC bldg.
11) Huntridge Pharmacy
12) Jackson St. Husky Gas
13) Philips 66 gas station
14) las vegas drive-in theater
15) commercial zone on industrial bet sahara and wyoming
16) funnel house
17)A mall sign
18) Bob Taylor's Ranch house
19) Bob's Big Boy
20) Carpeteria genie
21) Atomic Liquor
22) Downtown retail center
23) Fremont East historic motel zone
24) The Blue Onion
25) State of Nevada Dept. of Biz and Industry
26) Glen Heather Estates
27) Sombrero building
28) Foley Federal Courthouse
29) Palm Downtown Mortuary
30) Reed Whipple Center

COUNTY
1) Findley Olds
2) Paradise Palms
3) Clark County School District Building
4) Flora Dungan Bldg UNLV
5 ) La Concha
6) El Morrocco Casino Lobby
7) Guardian Angel Cathedral
8) Circus Circus Big Top Dome
9) International Hotel (Now the Hilton)
10) The Las Vegas Country Club
11) Sands Tower LOST
12) Landmark Hotel LOST
13) Convention Center LOST
14) Underground Henderson House
15) Dome of the Sea LOST
16) Regency Towers
17) Promenade Center
18) Westchester Plaza on DI
19) Winterwood Tract
20) University Apartments
21) Stardust Aku Aku in Sunset Park
22) Religious Science church
23) Palm Valley memorial park
24) Clark County Heritage Museum - we know individual buildings are landmarked, but is this landmarked as a 'zone' of some sort?
25) Valley High School
26) Maud Frazier Hall UNLV
27) Vegas Musician's Union
28) Cleopatra's barge interior
29) Somerset Motel
30) Benihana interior
31) Peppermill
32) Molasky Building
32) craig ellwood looking black box

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1) Pete Findley Building (I know there's a more historic name than this?)
______ Boulder Highway
c. 1960s
Two exaggerated A frames jut out at angles accompanied by smaller horizontal side structure with a zig zag roofline

2) Paradise Palms II neighborhood
South of Desert Inn west of Eastern Avenue and East of the Boulevard Mall
1963, purportedly designed by the architectural firm of Palmer and Krisel for developer Molasky Homes
Residential neighborhood. Signature Modern homes are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood exhibit post and beam construction and angeled rooflines. Paradise Palms I is north of Desert Inn and features some similar homes.

3) Office Bulding
Rancho Dr. just north of Sahara
c.1963,
2 story office building in a post and beam construction style. Entryway features a porte cochere and second story features a unique stone screen siding. Interior includes a large 2 story covered atrium with original lighting fixtures, fountain and scultural elements.

4) Morelli House
861 Bridger Avenue (Northwest corner of Ninth Street) Las Vegas, NV 89101-5539
1959, Antonio Morelli
Single remaining example of a residence from the Desert Inn Country Club. Morelli designed the house with the Sands' carpenter foreman, Richard Small. Exterior front features a stone screen and back feature floor to ceiling windows that used to open up to the golf course. Most of the original interior elements and surfaces have been preserved.

5) Clark County School District Building
2832 East Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89121
c. 1963 Possibly by Dale Sheideman
Zig zag roofline across single story structure

6) Church
______ St. Louis ?Street
c.1960s
Local Googie style church with curved 2 story windowed facade in front features a metal unisphere-like globe sculpture on the front lawn.

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7) Flora Dungan Bldg
4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154 Southeast corner of UNLV campus - West side of the corner of Harmon and Maryland Parkway
1972, ________
Massive concrete slightly International and 'Brutalist' inspired building features a huge inner atirum that spans the entire height of the structure.

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8 ) La Concha
2955 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Nevada 89109
1961, Paul Williams
Cast concrete shell lobby building made to look like undulating parabolic curves.

9) El Morrocco Casino Lobby
2975 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Nevada 89109
1965, Paul Williams ??
Round building with boomerang arches around front facade. The original motel contained a beauty salon, coffee shop, cocktail lounge and casino. only a small part of the 3 story curved motel building. most of it and the and 3 colored pools were demolished, but the lobby and casino still exists.

10) Sprint Building (there must be an earlier name for this bldg.)
____ Las Vegas Boulevard
c. 1965
Massive turquoise stone screen facade - how is the interior?


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okay - i have more - but those were the first ones that popped into my mind.
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~added 06-30-06

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11) Fremont Hotel and Casino
1956, Wayne D. McAllister


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12) Guardian Angel Cathedral
1963, Paul R. Williams
Paul Williams

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13) Circus Circus Big Top Dome
2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
1968, Rissman and Rissman, and Associates
in a way - this is programmatic structure as it is not literally a big top, but merely a buiding designed to look like a circus tent.

14) International Hotel (Now the Hilton)
3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
1969 Martin Stern Jr.
Unique "city in a hotel" approach that revolutionized building in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Although with radically remodeled extensions, the pioneering tri-form design remains.

15) The Las Vegas Country Club
3000 Joe W Brown Dr Las Vegas, NV 89109
1968 Julian Gabrielle
Built on the site of Las Vegas Downs thoroughbred racetrack, the central clubhouse features a porte cochere that leads up to a fluted chimney-like central tower covered in wood shingle.

~UPDATED on 4-11-07

CITY
1) Ranchara Square Medical Center
2) Morelli House
3) Trinity Church with Unisphere SEMI-LOST
4) Central Telephone (now Sprint)
5) Fremont Hotel and Casino
6) Huntridge Theater
7) Mint - LOST
8) Moulin Rouge SEMI-LOST
9) Horseshoe Casino
10) Las Vegas COC bldg.
11) Huntridge Pharmacy
12) Jackson St. Husky Gas
13) Philips 66 gas station
14) las vegas drive-in theater
15) commercial zone on industrial bet sahara and wyoming
16) funnel house
17)A mall sign
18) Bob Taylor's Ranch house
19) Bob's Big Boy
20) Carpeteria genie
21) Atomic Liquor
22) Downtown retail center
23) Fremont East historic motel zone
24) The Blue Onion
25) State of Nevada Dept. of Biz and Industry
26) Glen Heather Estates
27) Sombrero building
28) Foley Federal Courthouse
29) Palm Downtown Mortuary
30) Reed Whipple Center

COUNTY
1) Findley Olds
2) Paradise Palms
3) Clark County School District Building
4) Flora Dungan Bldg UNLV
5 ) La Concha
6) El Morrocco Casino Lobby
7) Guardian Angel Cathedral
8) Circus Circus Big Top Dome
9) International Hotel (Now the Hilton)
10) The Las Vegas Country Club
11) Sands Tower LOST
12) Landmark Hotel LOST
13) Convention Center LOST
14) Underground Henderson House
15) Dome of the Sea LOST
16) Regency Towers
17) Promenade Center
18) Westchester Plaza on DI
19) Winterwood Tract
20) University Apartments
21) Stardust Aku Aku in Sunset Park
22) Religious Science church
23) Palm Valley memorial park
24) Clark County Heritage Museum - we know individual buildings are landmarked, but is this landmarked as a 'zone' of some sort?
25) Valley High School
26) Maud Frazier Hall UNLV
27) Vegas Musician's Union
28) Cleopatra's barge interior
29) Somerset Motel
30) Benihana interior
31) Peppermill
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Postby nichols » Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:26 pm

Fremont Hotel (1956, Wayne D. McAllister)
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Horseshoe Casino (1961, William Wagner, McAllister & Wagner)
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Guardian Angel Cathedral (1963, Paul R. Williams)
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(Are all the houses that used to be behind the Desert Inn gone?)
(Did any of the Moulin Rouge survive the fire?)

Henderson House
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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:17 pm

i don't know if the horseshoe would qualify as architecture? tell me if i'm mistaken... to me it is more about the unique signage facade.... and we need 'pure' buildings which are readily regocnizeable by non-architectural fans (unlike ourselves) as something cool and worth saving.
and although the henderson house is very notable - i'm not sure about itcurrent architectural state without seeing more pics of its construction?

moulin rouge main bldg is gone - only the front wall remains. outer 2 story motel bldgs. remain with their little MR insignias on them.

MidMod homes around the desert inn country club are all gone :( the exception is the saved Morelli house (see above). :)

thanks for the fremont and cathedral pix!!!
keep 'em coming...

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:06 pm

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International Hotel (Now the Hilton)
1969 Martin Stern Jr.

I think that due to the pedigree of the architect AND the importance of the unique "city in a hotel" approach that the International Hotel should be considered as a "best of" buiding as it is still standing - although with radically remodeled extensions, it pioneered the tri-form design that has become a Strip trademark. what dya think?


there are also numerous outstading examples of single family homes beside the morelli house, including one near glen heather estates that looks like a donald wexler design, but i chose morelli because to me the fact that it was saved help make it best of the breed.

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:11 pm

ooo then there are those circular schools that remind me of the Sven Lokrantz school in the valley - gotta figure out which one of those is in the best shape?

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Postby lasvegaslynn » Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:58 pm

don't know if the horseshoe would qualify as architecture? tell me if i'm mistaken... to me it is more about the unique signage facade.... and we need 'pure' buildings which are readily regocnizeable by non-architectural fans (unlike ourselves) as something cool and worth saving.
and although the henderson house is very notable - i'm not sure about itcurrent architectural state without seeing more pics of its construction?>>

The Horseshoe is mainly a facade built over the Apache Hotel, the first "modern" hotel in Downtown built in the 1930s. The Apache is famed for many things, including the first building with an elevator in Las Vegas and it was on the patio of the Apache Bar that Big Jim Cashman, Sr talked hotelier Tommy Hull into building a hotel in Las Vegas. Hull ultimately built the El Rancho Vegas but in was outside city limits.

When Benny Binion bought (say that 3 times fast), the Mint Hotel he basically put a new facade over the Mint signage and left everything else in tact. Behind the new Binions facade are remnants of the Mint wave sign.

Eric L and I saw the remnants last October when the bullnoses were being replaced and Roadside Pictures may have some photos.
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Postby lasvegaslynn » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:18 am

but the mint wave is that still there?!? how did i miss that conversation? >>

Yes, the wave of the Mint sign is still there. The pylon with the star is missing but the rest of the sign is there behind the Binion's facade.

Re the Horseshoe/Apache: The original stain glass windows of the Hotel Apache are still behind the facade. Roadside Pictures has a couple of nice shots of them intact.

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:27 am

i have also been thinking about outstanding apartment buildings...

there are three garden style apartment complexes that have stood out to me - the ones on the north side of d.i. east of maryland.
the ones south of the university (south of trop) which may already have been demolished by this point? and the university apartments on the north side of campus.

then there are highrises like the lv country club tower
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and yes yes yes lynn - lv country club 19th hole is a 1 in a mil building.

keep 'em coming...

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Postby daybreaker » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:37 pm

Regarding bldg #10 in the original post: the Sprint Building. I believe it was originally called the Centel Building as Centel was the name of the local phone company in Las Vegas before being swallowed up by Sprint. I could be totally wrong here, but I think I took a field trip to the Centel Building in 1st or 2nd grade...but that was a looong time ago.

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Postby roadsidepictures » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:34 pm

When this was built, it was the Nevada Telephone Company. I know a guy that worked there in the 1960's. My dad worked there when it was Central and Centel.

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Postby roadsidepictures » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:10 pm

Why in the world would they do this!?!? I had two great pictures of it, but I lost them when my computer crashed. Did you get a good picture of it?

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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:23 am

bumping this thread and also added several new items to the list as a result of tonight's meeting.

we need to list more buildings - wins, losses, landmarks, demolitions.
the goal is to have a top 50 significant buildings that define midmod las vegas city and/or clark county.
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Postby FinFan » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:35 am

The position nr 25 - Dome of The Sea sounds interesting. Some vintage postacrds or sth like that please ?

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Postby lasvegaslynn » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:30 pm

) Ranchara Square Medical Center: Critically Endangered
2) Morelli House: Saved by the Jr. League
3) Trinity Church with Unisphere SEMI-LOST
4) Central Telephone (now Sprint)
5) Fremont Hotel and Casino: owned by Boyd Gaming
6) Huntridge Theater: Endangered
owned by the people who own the mattress company next door. On the historical register.
7) Mint - LOST
8) Moulin Rouge SEMI-LOST sign by Betty Willis
9) Horseshoe Casino: No longer owned by the Binion Family. Endangered
10) Las Vegas COC bldg.
11) Huntridge Pharmacy Endangered
12) Jackson St. Husky Gas Endangered
13) Philips 66 gas station
14) Las Vegas Drive-in theater
15) commercial zone on industrial bet sahara and wyoming
16) funnel house
17) A mall sign
18) Bob Taylor's Ranch house
19) Bob's Big Boy
20) Carpeteria genie
21) Atomic Liquor Endangered
22) Downtown retail center: Undergoing renovation for Fremont East Entertainment District which will be between LVBlvd South and Eighth on Fremont. Endangered
23) Fremont East historic motel zone: Endangered.
Some signs have been taken down and others have been badly altered, such as the Star View. Others are still standing proudly but unlit. A Lumens Project would be great for down there. Maybe even help to repair the Cars for Cash sign that has been damaged.

24) The Blue Onion: Sign designed by Betty Willis
25) State of Nevada Dept. of Biz and Industry
26) Glen Heather Estates LOST SIGN
27) El Sombrero building
28) Foley Federal Courthouse
29) Palm Downtown Mortuary
30) Reed Whipple Center

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1) Findley Olds Endangered
2) Paradise Palms
3) Clark County School District Building
4) Flora Dungan Bldg UNLV: Endangered
5 ) La Concha: Saved by the Neon Museum
6) El Morrocco Casino Lobby: Endangered
7) Guardian Angel Cathedral
8) Circus Circus Big Top Dome
9) International Hotel (Now the Hilton)
10) The Las Vegas Country Club
11) Sands Tower LOST
12) Landmark Hotel LOST
13) Convention Center LOST
14) Underground Henderson House: The Underground House just off Flamingo?
15) Dome of the Sea LOST
16) Regency Towers
17) Promenade Center Endangered
18) Westchester Plaza on DI
19) Winterwood Tract
20) University Apartments: Endangered
21) Stardust Aku Aku in Sunset Park
22) Religious Science church
23) Palm Valley memorial park
24) Clark County Heritage Museum - we know individual buildings are landmarked, but is this landmarked as a 'zone' of some sort? The person to talk to is Mark Hall Patton or Mark Rydzincki out at the Museum.
25) Valley High School
26) Maud Frazier Hall UNLV: Critically Endangered
27) Vegas Musician's Union: now Hooters Human Resources
28) Cleopatra's barge interior
29) Somerset Motel
30) Benihana interior: Endangered
31) Peppermill: Original sign has been replaced
32) Molasky Building Endangered
32) craig ellwood looking black box

The County has no historical preservation ordinances.

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Postby JMVegas5866 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:48 pm

Wow! This is a great list. This is exactly what I was looking for as this year I have planned a 13 day vacation to Vegas. I'd like to try and see everything that still exists on your updated list. Some places I have no clue how to get to. I suppose if I google some of them that I could get an address or specific location or if anyone is in town from July 14th to the 27th someone can show me or direct me? It would be neat to see the inside of these buildings too.

I am actually staying at one of the buildings on your list for a portion of my time, the Fremont. Any treasures that still remin inside? I'm in search of the location of it's showroom which is gone (I guess it is where the $5.49 Paradise Buffet is?). I am also interested to what has become of the Sky Rooms. The parking garage looks different now than the vintage artist rendering I have seen. The rendering shows the words Fremont Casino on the front wall of the parking garage, where as now it is a bunch of neon lights. I am also pondering what is BEHIND the current facade? Does anyone know if all the old lettering and stuff is behind there?

I am also staying at the 4 Queens. Is that worthy of being on the list? I think the exterior is cool. I like the way the hotel towers sorta zig zag slightly. I like the texture of the front of the hotel towers also, its faced in a 60s stone pattern. I also like the tiling with the crown imprinted on each tile around the front street level on Fremont Street. It's new owner spent $20 million in interior rennovations. So I suppose if he spent that much in interior rennovation that I won't find a drop of vintage inside of the place.

About the Mint... Since you say it was only refaced leaving the origional structure still intact behind the Shoe facade, I guess that means its famous street corner main enterance shape is still hiding behind there too? I know you mentioned the wavy part is still there, but what about the unique entrance shape? If I can try to get up inside the Mint Hotel Tower and look down, do you think I would still be able to see all the old structure of the Mint? That might be a weird request to ask a Horse Shoe employee, but I am going to ask anyways lol.
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Postby roadsidepictures » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:04 am

The Fremont parking garage hasn't had lettering on it since I can remember. I know they remodeled in the 1960's, 1979 and around 1990. Here's a present day look at the structure...

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Nothing old is left inside any of the downtown casino's other than Binnion's Horseshoe.

There is nothing left of the Mint. The wave was removed when Binnion's expanded years ago. You can see the rooftop and the backside of the signage from the top level of Binnion's parking garage. The glass elevator that takes you to the "Top of the Mint" still runs at night. Once at the top, you can enjoy a good meal ($$$) at the Steak House.

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Postby roadsidepictures » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:06 am

There is a wave sign on the old Mint parking garage, but nothing says Mint.

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Postby JMVegas5866 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:23 am

Thanks for the neat photo of the neon on the Fremont parking garage.

That's weird though because all the artist renderings of it from the 50s and 60s depict words Fremont Hotel and Casino on it. I guess they exaggerated the drawing?

I guess finding traces of vintage interior is like trying to win the Mega Millions Lottery.

The glass elevator on the Mint hotel tower only runs at night? That's no fun lol. Is it soley used to get to the steak house you mention?
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Postby JMVegas5866 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:50 am

I just found an actual picture displaying the words on the Fremont parking garage :) Look:

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It says "fun deck and pool". I am guessing the fun deck was somewhere on top of the building? Didn't now it had a pool??

I inquired about some history/info on the Fremont through UNLVs Architecture Library. They said they don't have any records on it because the casino still is in operation and Boyd has all he blueprints to it.
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Postby roadsidepictures » Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:49 pm

Yes, the glass elevator only goes to the steak house.

I believe the Fremont still has a pool on their roof.

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Postby Futura Girl » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:15 pm

ms. mansfield - don't forget to get a AAA tour book before your visit:
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Postby JMVegas5866 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:20 pm

Roadside - Thanks again for your help. Fremonts website says guests can use the California Casino pool. So I guess if they had a pool that it is either closed or the pool area was transformed into something else over the years.

Futura Girl thanks! I'll be sure to get an AAA guide before I head out to Vegas in July :) (Oh btw it is Mr. lol)
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Circus Circus needs to be watched

Postby lasvegaslynn » Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:21 am


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Postby JMVegas5866 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:41 am

Thanks for the news. Glad to hear they will rennovate Circus Circus. Too bad they can't keep the motel rooms in the plans. The funny thing about it is they CAN, but they won't. When you have that much land you can do anything you want.

Speaking of the Tropicana. I saw a tiny scan of an old brochure from the ealry 60s of the Trop. It has a map of the property and shows where the original theaters were. The Gourmet Room and the Theater Resturaunt were located just past the casino straight ahead. They must have really gutted the main section during the 1986 expansion? I can't tell because the 60s brochure is sooooo tiny, but looking at it the best I can I assume the Trop was all one floor except for the 2 motel wings on each side? Tiffinay Theater I discovered wasn't built until the 70s as the map clearly shows in comparison to an updated map.
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