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Boardwalk Holiday Inn

Description of sign(s)

1. Name: Boardwalk Holiday Inn

2. Owner: MGM Mirage .

3. Address: 3750 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

3b. Additional Site Details: The Boardwalk Holiday Inn is one of the most distinctive front faces which incorporate an extreme amount of signage condensed into a replica version of an eastern sea board. Since it is designed to be reminiscent of a boardwalk, the pedestrian element is a wooden planked walkway lined with shops and establishments. The area is separated from the traffic by landscaping and concrete elements. All the shop fronts designs, some false and others functioning, are all linked into the casino. The structure is encrusted with raceways and incandescent bulbs, as well as a ridiculous amount of internally lit signage that advertising everything from hotel promotions, to prices of drinks. Headed from the south, headed north, the parking garage can be seen, set back from the street slightly west, adorned with signage on it's face. The casino begins at full throttle aesthetically, with raceways lining almost every edge, contrasting tones of paint, murals, advertisements, neon and incandescence all come together. Above the first main entrance of the property, is a vibrantly lit, gold clad entrance canopy. Above that a non-functioning skeletal mass of a roller coaster comprises the majority of the southern end of the property. Neon letttre3s are located on the vertical plane created by the rise of the tracks. The carnival style treatments of raceways and propaganda run north until the path is interrupted by the vertical pylon sign which is integrated into the architecture of the Boardwalks facade. The tracks continue above the property, all along the length interrupted by the main pylon and addressed with replica's of Ferris wheels with actual mannequins, dressed and riding inside of them. Just pas the main pylon the façade is transformed into a giant three dimensional clowns head smiling joyfully. The façade continues a short distance past the clown's head, and rounds off just as it began.

4. Condition: Structure 4 Surface 4 Lighting 4

Notes: See description

5. Form: plyon, fasica

6. Specfic Description: Upon the eastern face of the parking garage signage is created upon the top edge of the outside wall. The top edge of the wall is fashioned into a sculpted entablature of signage, complete with rising crests and swooping scrolls, which match the fashion of decoration for the façade as well. On each side of the surface possess a pair of internally lit signage. One is square, and the next is rectangular, brandished with black text. The center portion of the sign is closed in with a pair of half columns which rise out of the surface of the entablature to flank the main text. These half columns are laced with an outline of an orange and yellow neon tubing. The Text is spelled in two different lines of channel letters lined with red neon on the interiors. The First line reads "Boardwalk Casino" the second line reads "Free Parking." The two lines span the length of the space provided and are separated by a sculpted dividing line. The tower just to the north of the parking garage is suited with channel letters that spell "Boardwalk' and are filled with red neon.
Roller coaster:
The sign which resides over the first entrance is similar that of the paring garage, for it is placed in a raceway bordered fascia. The large channel letters are placed in the center and spell " Casino." The first and last letter are the smallest in size, and gradually climb up toward the middle. They are filled with incandescent bulbs and outlined with a border of red neon.
Pylon: The rest of the façade is necessary for the theme to really work, but the tallest and brightest piece is the main pylon sign. The pylon sign is essentially a triangular shape which rises straight up into the air. If a unilateral triangle, then one point is facing east with the two sides meeting at this eastern most point, being designated for the main signage. Three visible posts support the sign, glowing with the reflectivity of the gold polished underside which is striped with rows of incandescent bulbs, running perpendicular to the entrance. Three bands of pink neon wrap the two visible sides, just above the pedestrians head. Just above that there is a narrow LED message center which scrolls text, which also wraps the two sides. The majority of the sign occupies the space between this small border and the main marquee. This rectangular portion each one of the pylons sides can be broken down into four horizontal sections. The bottom two comprise the bottom 1/3 of the sign, and are internally lit advertisements ninety-nine cent offers and the Surf buffet. The middle section, being the tallest, contains a large LED message center, flanked on both sides by multi colored neon tubes crafted into the shapes of stars. The stars vary in size and spread up the small wings of the reader board with surprising fluidity. Compared to the rest of this section, the top remainder is rather plain. A plain surface is accented with a pair of words spelled in channel letters. The word hotel is spelled on the left and filled red neon. They are separated by a small, circular, channel filled with green neon. The word on the right is spelled in the same lettering except it is filled with green neon. The space above that is occupied by the main logo for the establishment. A black field supports large white channel letters that are filled with white neon. Then black field is closed in on all sides by scrollwork shapes created out of incandescence and neon. The white and yellow luminescence, takes the form of a double arched section resembling an "E" or a sideways "M" or "W." The top sweeps upward creating an arched top. A top the main array of signage there are three smoke stacks arranged in a triangular formation, with one at the very front of the edge of the signand two flanking them in the distance. When looking at the sign directly at the face, it appears as if there are a pair for either side. Spanning the distance between the two smoke stacks is an LED reader board lined on both the top and bottom edge with blue neon. An arch of raceways lined with incandescent bulbs loops over the reader board.
A large pylon is designated for the Surf Buffet as well. On the northern end of the property a tall pylon sign faces north/south, and stands lined with red neon. The vertical post supports three internally lit cabinets. The post itself, if viewed directly from the top, would be in an "X" or cross formation. Vertical bars of red neon run up the length of the pole, creating a striping effect. The three cabinets are arranged sitting one on top the other, with a small space in between each. The group all differ in size to an extent, with the two lower cabinets being similar sized, horizontal rectangles, and the top cabinet being the largest. They all have raceways lining the exterior faces with chasing incandescent bulbs. The faces are brightly illuminated colored plastic, with the main cabinet being an advertisement for the Surf Buffet. The others advertise for similar amenities.

7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit

8. Media: steel, plastic, fiberglass

9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint

10. Animation: chasing, flashing, oscillating

Notes: see description

11. Environment: The environment created by the Boardwalk is an effective use of the theme on the pedestrian to create the environment. The Boardwalk is located next to a CVS Pharmacy to the south, which was erected during the course of the survey. When the pedestrian walks upon the Boardwalk, it is busy and noisy, and very attraction getting. When passing into the front side of the property, a pedestrian is assaulted with sounds and noises that are difficult not to pay attention to. This feeling created by the conglomerate of signage and utter blazing advertisement, is almost like a rollerocaster. Person comes out the other side noticeably aware of the silence and darkness contrasted to the presence of the property.

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Artistic Context

1. Manufacturer: unkn

2. Designer: unkn

3. Date of Installation: unkn

4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a

5. Thematic Influence: The theme surrounding the Holiday Inn Boardwalk is that of a seaside boardwalk. Most preferably it is modeled to be representative of the eastern seaboard Coney Island. The façade therefore is most logically themed after the environment experienced on such property, amusement rides, and boisterous circus type lighting loom overhead, while wooden planks exist under the foot of the pedestrian. The walk is lined with coin-operated gadgets and games, while store fronts are found spaced between glowing advertisements. A faux Ferris wheel and roller coaster create an overhead arena of stylized representation that can best be suited as one of the more unique on the strip. It is not often that you see mock people lined up inside of a non- functioning Ferris wheel. Oddly enough, this phenomenon can be linked to couple of still existing Las Vegas Strip properties. When Caesars Palace completed its initial main pylon sign, actual life sized replicas of Centurians and Romans were placed at the base of the statue. They were painted to appear as life like as well. This is one example. The next is the living embodiment of this representation of figures, and their role as evolved on the strip as well. Madame Tussaud's wax museum can be said to be the incarnation of the use and fascination with such a medium. While the exteriors of such properties have shifted toward classic statuary, the life like figure has assumed the role of art form, as an elevated attraction in today's strip community. The noisy façade finds a place for three dimensional sculptural elements, such as the clowns face, which further adds to the "Coney Island" "Atlantic City" theming. Event though, the theme, and very nature of the construction of the Boardwalks façade are dictated by its name, it set early precedence for this interactive miniature city façade as present in many of the major player among the strip. e.g. The Paris, NY NY, Bellagio, Aladdin, etc…

6. Artistic Significance: n/a

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