Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas, Ca

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Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas, Ca

Postby bluecherub » Fri Sep 20, 2002 7:26 am

Name: Glass Pool Inn
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Street: Las Vegas Strip South end
City: Las Vegas Clark County
State: NV
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Type: roadside motel
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Status: demolished

Description: motel with a swimming pool with portal windows

I understand that there is a vintage glass pool in Las Vegas that is now threatend. Does anybody know of it's location and status? There was an article in the LA time about it but I can't axcess that article.

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Sep 20, 2002 1:02 pm

There is a great motel on the south strip called the Glass Pool Inn. It's one of the first things you see on the east side of the strip when driving into town. It's an amazing piece of Googie - with round portholes on the side of a raised pool where you can watch people swim underwater from outside. Here's a cool 360 view of the motel http://www.lasvegas360.com/glass_pool_inn_i.html

We were in Vegas just this past weekend and it looked to be still operating, but you know Vegas... The strip continues to be developed towards the Southern end of town.

Acording to 'Gary's Las Vegas News & Views':
"New World LLC has announced plans to develop a major theme resort complex across from Mandalay Bay on the 77 acres they now own. Sorry to see the Glass Pool Inn is facing it's final days. This could take a long time to develop though so the Glass Pool in could be around for a year or two."



One special note... The new Palms Casino on Flamingo Road (off strip - west of the freeway) uses a Mid-Century Mod vibe in some of their design and included a miniature Glass Pool tribute in their outdoor "Pool Lounge." The pool is only 3 1/2 foot deep or so - but it is shaped the same with similar round glass portholes.

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Please Leave A Few Remnants!!!

Postby AJ1952Chats » Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:39 pm

I know that Las Vegas has been undergoing an extreme makeover for several years now, but it would really be nice if they could at least leave a little of the old Las Vegas around to blend in, and something like this certainly seems like a good candidate for keeping, because it has that kind of characteristic that seems to tug at your heartstrings and take you back to a simpler time...

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Postby roadsidepictures » Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:14 pm

Too late!

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Obviously, They Didn't Know What They Had...

Postby AJ1952Chats » Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:39 pm

This is truly sad because that was a beautiful and unique motel (judging from picture I saw of it). Even its sign (still standing in this pic) looks beautiful. I could understand tearing down some deteriorating chicken house of a motel, but this was a work-of-art.

roadsidepictures wrote:Too late!

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Re: Obviously, They Didn't Know What They Had...

Postby Futura Girl » Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:01 am

[quote="AJ1952Chats"]This is truly sad because that was a beautiful and unique motel (judging from picture I saw of it). Even its sign (still standing in this pic) looks beautiful. I could understand tearing down some deteriorating chicken house of a motel, but this was a work-of-art.
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Postby VMacek » Mon May 21, 2007 3:19 pm

I know where I've seen that place - they used it in the second season of 'Crime Story' (ca 1986) as the Major Crimes Unit makeshift h.q. in Vegas. Interior shots (unsure if they were location or soundstage) showed walls busted out to make larger rooms to work in. Great show.

Sorry to see it gone - does Vegas have any kind of preservation program?

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Postby ViciousChick » Wed May 23, 2007 7:45 pm

"Las Vegas" and "Preservation Program" sadly don't seem to go hand in hand. I work in the Howard Hughes Center just east of the strip and we recently watched the Startdust disappear from my favorite viewing spot in Las Vegas, the rooftop patio of our office. I always LOVED that sign, it was all trippy and sparkly - the stalk of the sign is there right now with two sad little pieces of the stars that were all over it.

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed May 23, 2007 11:03 pm

ViciousChick wrote:"Las Vegas" and "Preservation Program" sadly don't seem to go hand in hand.

now they do!
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Postby zombie289 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:04 pm

This hotel was also mentioned in the James Bond book "Diamonds are forever"

I remember the first time I visited Vegas in 98 and drove by that hotel thinking that pool was one of the coolest things ever...bums me out to think of it gone..
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Glass Pool Inn

Postby happy modernists in MN » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:01 pm

Hi there, just saw this post, I got to stay there in 1993. It was so cool on so many levels. I had pictures of the interior of our room, maybe some day I'll find them and post them. Vintage loungers, the room with kitchenette in pink and turquoise, and the outdoor pool open 24/7. I remember going swimming alone with my boyfriend at 4 am finally getting a break from the LV heat, and gazing up at the stars at night.
I do remember that the room had a lot of vinyl furniture.

Also, I think ZZ Top made a video in that pool, they emptied it out, the band played in the pool, and the shot was from outside looking in.

I really miss that place!!
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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:05 pm

hope you can find those interior shots - i never got to go inside :cry:
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Postby lasvegaslynn » Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:07 pm

The motel was originally called the Mirage Motel and was built without the iconic pool.

I've seen pictures of the original exterior.

In addition, the first glass pool that was built had to be destroyed because the portals leaked.

I've seen pictures of that, too.

Finally, the second try on the pool worked and the glass portals held.

There's a wonderful collection of photos by Jay Florian Mitchell at the Nevada State Museum. He took the photos I reference above.

I have a blog entry about him at www.classiclasvegas.squarespace.com
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