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The Mirage - Las Vegas

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 20 April 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture 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 17, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 110 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Well captured.

20 Apr 2015 9:41am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully composed and I LIKE THE FEELING OF SYMMETRY

20 Apr 2015 6:30pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Beautiful framing of the resort. The waterfalls and the gardens create a very nice environment.

20 Apr 2015 6:39pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique.
Tu fais toujours des cadrages superbes.)

20 Apr 2015 7:34pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Splendid image and very interesting information ... You chose a wonderful foreground to frame this magnificent building !!! Excellent ...

20 Apr 2015 10:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

That hotel is gigantic! Beautiful frame. I would love to stay there!

20 Apr 2015 11:42pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Post card pretty.

21 Apr 2015 1:42am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Un sacré ensemble un vrai mirage quelle fontaine et vue superbe.
amitié

21 Apr 2015 2:40am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very nicely shot.

21 Apr 2015 3:49am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh je m'en souviens d'y être allée

21 Apr 2015 8:11am

Malaura from France

Ca donne envie d'aller à Las Vegas tout ça ! Amitiés :)

21 Apr 2015 5:18pm

roland theys from Loverval, Belgium

Gigantic! superb!

22 Apr 2015 12:12pm