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Fremont Street

Las Vegas, NV



Las Vegas Cl

ub Block Demolition

On August 20, 2015 the Las Vegas Club ended a 66 year run at 18 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

The Tamares Group, which also owned and operated the Plaza across Main Street, sold the Las Vegas Club for $40 million to Derek and Greg Stevens.

The Las Vegas Club's 400 hotel rooms, sportsbook, the Dugout diner, and the Great Moments Room restaurant had been closed for several years.

   The Stevens brothers company has been aggressively buying properties downtown and renovating and updating them.  Their holdings include the Golden Gate Casino, which is across Fremont Street from the site of the former Las Vegas Club, and the D, which was formerly Fitzgerald's.

The sale of the Las Vegas Club property did not include the name or the player database so there will again be a new casino rising in downtown Las Vegas.

In 2016 the Stevens Brothers bought and closed the The Girls of Glitter Gulch, La Bayou, and Mermaids Casino as they expanded their interests down Fremont.

In an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal  by Richard N. Velotta on June 13, 2017,  Derek Stevens was quoted as saying,

“It’s an entire city block so we’re talking about (demolishing) the old Granite Gaming headquarters, we’re talking about Mermaids, we’re talking about the Girls of Glitter Gulch, we’re talking about a parking structure and then we’re talking about an older casino and two towers. The entire city block is going to be cleared off... We’ll get the whole thing cleaned up and then start from scratch,” he said.
I took the following photos of the ongoing demolition and renewal of the Las Vegas Club block which includes the Girls of Glitter Gulch, Mermaids Casino, a couple of small stores, the Granite Gaming headquarters, the Las Vegas Club casino along with its two hotel towers and multi-level parking structure.
Photos also from the PGG Collection as noted.


View with the closed Mermaids Casino in 2016 and a year later Mermaids is gone
but the Las Vegas Club hotel tower is still standing.
The Las Vegas Club’s iconic baseball player is still in place in mid-October 2017 a few days before it is removed forever.
The Las Vegas Club’s iconic baseball player looks out over Main Street a few days before it is removed forever.
Demolition continues behind the barrier while the Golden Goose faces its final days above Fremont Street. 
There is no indication where the iconic Goose will end up after it is taken down in a few days.
Vegas Vicky took her leave shortly before this photo was taken.

Photo below is the same view behind the barrier
Click here to enlarge and see more detail.
Tourists continue to enjoy themselves under the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience
while behind the barriers the Las Vegas Club Hotel towers are slowly and safely dismantled.
Click on the image above to see more detail.
 
Photo above taken at street level on North 1st and Fremont shows the careful removal of the exterior of the towers.  The California Hotel Casino can be seen in the background emphasizing the impracticality of imploding these buildings like so many have been done on the Strip.
October of 2017 and the towers are being carefully dismantled with
large cranes while water is sprayed on the work to control dust.
Similar views along the Fremont Street Experience taken about 14 months apart. To help orient yourself to the view find Binion's in the photos on the left and the right.   Click on the image to enlarge it.
The two photos below show the same view with the closed Mermaids Casino in 2016
followed a year later when Mermaids is gone but the Las Vegas Club hotel towers are still standing.
The iconic baseball player is still in place in mid-October 2017
as he presides over the piles of debris below him.
Photo taken from North 1st Street looking toward Main St. and the Plaza.
Demolition equipment moves about the remnants of Mermaids and the Las Vegas Club in September of 2017. The Golden Gate signage can be seen in the background under the Fremont Street Experience Canopy. 
Click the photo to enlarge and see more detail.
Click here to enlarge and see more detail.      Demolition equipment moves about the remnants of Mermaids and the Las Vegas Club in September of 2017.
The photo below from 2015 is from a similar perspective before the removal of the parking garage and the Granite Gaming Offices.
You can line up the Las Vegas Club Hotel tower on the left side in both photos.
Click here to enlarge and see more detail.      
The outside walls of the Las Vegas Club parking garage are still standing in mid-September 2017.
Some of the outside walls of the Las Vegas Club parking garage are still standing in mid-September 2017.
Photo taken from N. 1st & Ogden by the California Hotel & Casino.
Click here to enlarge and see more detail.
A forklift carefully lowers the Las Vegas Club baseball player to the ground.
Click here to see more detail.
A few days later a forklift carefully lowers the baseball player to the ground.
Click on the image below to enlarge it and see more detail.
The Golden Goose and the Las Vegas Club baseball player sit in the construction yard and await their futures.
Click on the image below to enlarge it and see more detail.
In this photo of the Golden Goose and the Las Vegas Club baseball player you can see one of her eggs is cracked!!!

Let’s hope that substantial financial resources are available for these two pieces of history
to be restored and displayed prominently in Downtown Las Vegas.

Maybe even inside the new property being planned for this spot?? 
Let’s all hope @DerekJStevens ‏is thinking the same!!
The baseball player would look great in the new sports book and
the Golden Goose could rotate high above a huge bar... I'm just sayin'!!
Three photos of similar views along the Fremont Street Experience taken about 13 months apart.
To help orient yourself to the view find the bright blue Binion's marquee in the photos on the far left and the right.  
The two Las Vegas Club hotel towers are gone!  Click to enlarge.
I took this photo in early February 2018 and the two Las Vegas Club hotel towers are gone! 
It's business as usual at the California Hotel Casino while across Ogden Street the Las Vegas Club tower is wrapped in plastic to keep the debris and dust off the street as the tower is slowly chipped away.
This corner of Fremont and Main has been occupied by a restaurant or hotel or casino since 1905.  Click to enlarge and see more detail.This corner of Fremont and Main has been occupied by a restaurant or hotel or casino since 1905.  Click to enlarge and see more detail.
This corner of Fremont and Main has been occupied by a hotel, restaurant, bar, or casino since 1905. 
This is the first time in over 100 years that this lot has been completely cleaned off and ready for future building. 
Corner of Fremont and North 1st. The Las Vegas Club block is nearly cleared off and behind it is the historic Block 16.  The casinos and businesses there were cleared away years ago.  Click to enlarge and see more detail.
Corner of Fremont and North 1st. The Las Vegas Club block is nearly cleared off and behind it is the historic Block 16.  The casinos and businesses there were cleared away years ago.  Click to enlarge and see more detail.
I will continue to add progress photos as work progresses on the new property.   
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