|Description of sign(s)|
1. Name: Paris Casino Hotel Resort
2. Owner: Park Place Entertainment
3. Address: 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
3b. Additional Site Details: The Paris property lies on the east side of Las Vegas Blvd., between the Aladdin and Bally's. The three properties stretch from Harmon Avenue, all the way to Flamingo Rd. The only real neon signage includes the text seen on top of the replica of the Eiffel Tower, and a three-dimensional balloon shaped pylon sign located at the south end of the property.
4. Condition: Structure 5 Surface 5 Lighting 5
Notes: See description
5. Form: plyon, fasica, porte cochere
6. Specfic Description: Leaving the Aladdin property, headed
north you are immediately confronted with the giant hot-air balloon,
which acts as the main marquis sign for the Paris Hotel and Casino.
The three-dimensional balloon shape sits among trimmed shrubbery
and foliage, representational of a classic French garden. The sign
is located on an island with a long driveway on its north side running
east into the property. It towers high above the viewer, almost
appearing as if it is floating. In the spirit of properties like
the Aladdin and the Excalibur, the façade of the resort is
modeled after a theme, which is the French City of Paris. Complete
with fountains, replica street fronts and markets, the main focal
point is a life size replica of the Eiffel Tower. Some signage is
located high up on the tower, in yellow channel letters. The sign
reads "Eiffel Tower Restaurant."
7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent
8. Media: steel, plastic
9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint
10. Animation: chasing, flashing, oscillation
Notes: The incandescent bulbs inside the text reading "Paris" on the balloon oscillate rapidly.
11. Environment: Located between Bally's and the Aladdin, two heavily frequented and boisterous properties themselves, the Paris fits nicely creating it's own environment that stands alone when entered. If a pedestrian is present among the stunning architecture, it is easy to be pulled into the theme. Even though the Bellagio is west across the street, the expanse of the street keep the Paris far enough away to be mostly independent, that is of course if the Bellagio's water show is not being displayed. The surrounding properties of Bally's, the Aladdin, and The Bellagio make the area of Las Vegas Blvd between Harmon Ave. and Flamingo rd. a fantastic world stylized cities and dazzling imagery, yet an interesting mix of architecture and signage.
1. Manufacturer: unkn
2. Designer: Architect/consultant: Bergman, Walls & Youngblood Ltd. Contractor: Perini Building
3. Date of Installation: 1997
4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a
5. Thematic Influence: The Paris Hotel Casino is obviously themed after the actual French city of Paris. The entire façade represents the Parisian atmosphere containing the most famous of Parisian attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumph, open air cafes, plazas utilizing fountains, and the ornate architecture that spans from gothic to neo classical. The Paris fits into the themed hotel casino industry seamlessly, actually boasting one of the more ornate and unique facades. Other properties that parallel the Paris in style and genre include the Aladdin, the Venetian, and the New York New York. In fact it fits into the category of Hotel/Casino whose theme is what dominates the aesthetic surroundings as well as operation inside and out. Other facilities contain elements of a theme, such as the Stardust, but the interior and exterior are no longer the dominant aspect of the aesthetics. It also fits into the category of resorts themed after actual cities.
6. Artistic Significance: n/a
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