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Neon Survey

Description of sign(s)

1. Name: Algiers

2. Owner: Larry Kiefer

3. Address: 2845 Las Vegas Blvd.

3b. Additional Site Details: Located on the NE corner of Riviera Blvd. and Las Vegas Blvd. The façade of the Algiers building itself is comprised of storefronts, while the hotel portion lies through an archway, behind the facade. The entire stucco front is illuminated and treated with neon borders and font. Across the narrow parking lot stands the Algiers pylon sign, along Las Vegas Blvd.

4. Condition: Structure 3 Surface 3 Lighting 4

Notes: See description

5. Form: pylon, fascia

6. Specfic Description: The façade and pylon/pole sign work together to create the attraction of the Algiers. The pole sign is double backed sign with neon marquee logo at the top and an internally lit, white, plastic front, message board with vinyl lettering. The top section of the message board is a rear lit, plastic, graphically treated sign, while the bottom of the board is an electronic message center. Crowning the very top of the structure is a sculpted crown-shape comprised of the polished brass raceways, which also adorn the top and lower portions of the pylon. These raceways contain 11 watt white incandescent bulbs which chase each other from top to bottom. The Algiers logo is channel lettering with double neon of the rose colored variety. The word "Hotel" is spelled in ruby neon. The façade of the building is comprised of five different sections. The first contains the Algiers logo in channel letters filled with blinking incandescent bulbs and outlined in ruby neon. Texts " Hotel, Restroom, Video poker, pool and entrance," are spelled in rose colored neon. The next four sections are storefronts with neon borders in their windows. Each section is separated by a section of vertical, polished, gold raceways with chasing animated bulbs. The backlit graphically treated storefront marquees adorned with an incandescent bulb border. The last section of the building supports a metal sign box with double neon letters spelling "Algiers". Above each section, the storefront crowns to a point, reminiscent of a classic Persian gateway or spire. Each swooping section is bordered with vibrant neon.

7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, display, backlit

8. Media: steel, plastic

9. Non-neon treatments: Graphics, Paint

10. Animation: flashing, oscillation, chasing

Notes: The bulbs inside the Algiers logo on the building face, oscillate rapidly. All incandescent bulbs on raceways chase each other throughout the property.

11. Environment: The Algiers is settled across the street from the Circus Circus and shares the lot with the Candlelight Wedding Chapel.

Artistic Context

1. Manufacturer: YESCO

2. Designer: {design}

3. Date of Installation: 1953?

4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: Refinished in 1992 by Larsen Sign Company

5. Thematic Influence: The Algiers is an Arabian nights/Persian theme, mixed with the vestiges of classic Vegas aesthetics, such as the polished, gold, animated raceways, the roadside pole sign design, the text, and the similarity to the classic desert paradise theme of the 50's through today. Examples of this classic style are the Sands, the Dunes, the Aladdin, and the Sahara.

6. Artistic Significance: As mentioned above it is a representation of an era in Vegas and the thematic influence of the desert themed establishment.

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