Stardust Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Demolished 2007

The Disappointed Tourist: Stardust Resort & Casino, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

A spectacle was made out of its implosion, but now it and many other pieces of older hotel architecture in Vegas have ceased to exist. Leif T.

The Stardust Resort and Casino was a famous space-themed casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip. It was the brainchild of Tony Cornero; construction was completed by John Factor (aka Jake the Barber), opening in 1958.  For much of its 48 years, it had a space theme and was linked to various members of the Chicago mob. The Martin Scorcese film and Nicholas Pileggi book “Casino” were inspired by the FBI’s exposure of the skim operation at the Stardust. The building was imploded in 2007. A Chinese-themed casino, Resort World Las Vegas, is currently being built on the site.