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The Mirage

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 17 August 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Mirage is a 3,044 room hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip. The marquee in front of the Mirage is the largest free standing marquee in the world.

The Mirage was built by developer Steve Wynn and designed by Joel Bergman. It opened in November 1989 and was the first resort that was built with the money of Wall Street through the use of junk bonds. It was built on the site, formerly occupied by the Castaways and previous to that, the Red Rooster Nite Club.

The Mirage was the most expensive hotel-casino in history, with a construction cost of $630 million. The hotel's distinctive gold windows get their color from actual gold dust used in the tinting process. It was reported that the resort would have to bring in a million dollars a day to pay off a 7-year construction loan. But in fact The Mirage did so well, the loan was paid off in just 18 months.

Its construction is also considered very noteworthy in that Wynn had set a new standard for Vegas resorts, and is widely considered to be the father of today's Las Vegas. Prior to The Mirage's opening, the city was experiencing a decline in tourism that began in the 70's, especially around the time that the state of New Jersey legalized gambling and tourists (in particular those on the East Coast) began to frequent the casinos of Atlantic City. Also, this was a time when Las Vegas was no longer considered a fashionable destination, so a new, high-profile, project was necessary to jump-start the ailing industry. When it opened, The Mirage was the first casino to use security cameras full time on all table games.

Photo captured June 20, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/20 second F/4.0 ISO 1600 37 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot ! Thanks for the infos !

17 Aug 2011 6:05am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

a marvellous night shot.
I remember the a fantastic dinner at the Mirage when we stayed at L.V. the last time (15 years ago).

17 Aug 2011 7:24am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Without a doubt, these velvet black night skies are really showing off the light and colour of the buildings.

17 Aug 2011 8:13am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Another stunning image.. well done.

17 Aug 2011 9:18am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful image of this magnificent building. :)

17 Aug 2011 10:13am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb framing and great light !

17 Aug 2011 10:27am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture of this impressive hotel. Thank you for intresting information regarding the hotel. Well captured and presented.

17 Aug 2011 10:38am

klausz from Kustein, Austria

great information thx! the mirage, perhaps one of the most popular hotels which refuse for las vegas!
great nightscape! love this series!

17 Aug 2011 11:32am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Perhaps the most famous of all the hotels/casinos in Vegas. This city truly comes alive at night as evidenced by your shots. Excellent work!

17 Aug 2011 1:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice series on "Sin City". ;-) I have not been there for several years, so it's amazing to see how much it has changed.

17 Aug 2011 3:33pm

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Definition of mirage: something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so...
Here it must apply to the possibility of winning in the long run, not to you photo, it does exist! Well done...

17 Aug 2011 5:40pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

When we lived there in 1977-78, the Castaways was there,....I remember when they started to build this, even though we weren't living there anymore...this definitely WAS the precusor to all the others we have seen in your marvelous series, Steven. Your impeccable attention to detailed text is only surpassed by the quality, depth, beauty, and perspective of your compositions. If folks pay attention, we are getting a first class history and a "Firster Class" view of this city. This is Las Vegas now and your images really display the town in a wonderful light. Well done, Steven - I Love your work!!

17 Aug 2011 7:30pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you for your gracious comments, Denny!

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautifully capture and framed! Thumbs up!

17 Aug 2011 11:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous night shot! Which hotel did you stay in?

17 Aug 2011 11:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A pretty shot of this casino. Interesting back story, too.

18 Aug 2011 9:25pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

A very interesting bit of recent history. Thank you Steven. This place is clearly no "mirage" in terms of being a money-maker and a true attraction. Nice photo!

19 Aug 2011 1:28pm

Roland-T from Loverval, Belgium

Good photo shot!

8 Jul 2016 7:38am