Category: Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas, also know as Glittergulch, the areas around downtown include East Fremont, Symphony Park, and the Arts District.

On This Date March 10, 2011, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Opened

March 10, 2015
Smith Center bell tower

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened on March 10, 2011

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas offering a blend of performances by resident companies as well as first-run touring attractions. The 4.75-acre cultural complex features inviting lobbies with beautiful balconies, refined acoustics and a tastefully landscaped plaza in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park. Home to the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall and the Boman Pavilion, The Smith Center is a living room for Las Vegas; a place that educates, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community. The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel and open on February 10, 2011.

Symphony Park

Symphony Park

Next door the the Smith Center is the new home for the children’s museum, a state-of-the-art building to be named the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center.

Next to the Smith Center, is a small park called, Symphony Park, it is a two-acre open space within the heart of Symphony Park a is used for special cultural events.

Construction Photos

Photo gallery prior to opening

The Smith Center for the Performing Art- Panoramas

Interior Photos of the Smith Center for Performing Arts

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On this Date: February 14, 2012, The Mob Museum Opened in Downtown Las Vegas

February 14, 2015
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The Mob Museum right before is grand opening in 2012

On February 14, 2012, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or “Mob “Museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada opened. The opening date of February 14th, coincides with the historical deadly Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. It was the murder of seven mob associates as part of a Prohibition-era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran.Former members of the Egan’s Rats gang were also suspected of having played a significant role in the incident, assisting Capone.

The Museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, built in 1933 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is on Stewart Avenue, two blocks north of Fremont Street, the main artery of the downtown casino district. The Mob Museum is dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world.

The museum is located at the end of 3rd street at 300 Stewart Avenue near the newly opened “Mob Bar”,  just north of the Fremont Street Experience.  The expected opening is  in February of 2012.

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Date Taken: December 30, 2011

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On This Date: February 10, 1983, the Las Vegas Post Office/Courthouse Was Placed on the National Register of Historic Places

February 10, 2015
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The newly restored Post Office/Court House historic building in downtown Las Vegas is now the home of the Mob Museum

The building was erected between 1931 and 1933, opening on November 27, 1933. It served as a post office, and as a court house of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 10, 1983. The building remained an active post office for several more years.

Control of the building was turned over to the city in 2002 for use as a museum and cultural center.

Currently, the building is the home of the The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The Museum is located at 300 Stewart Avenue in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. It was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. It is also the very courtroom where Museum visionary and former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, defended many mobsters as organized crime’s go-to defense attorney. Meticulously rehabilitated to its original beauty, the building is significant not only for its neo-classical architecture reminiscent of the period in which it was built, but also for the historic events that unfolded inside of it.

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On This Date: January 29, 2004 Castaways-Showboat Hotel Closes in Las Vegas

January 29, 2015
Showboat Hotel and Casino

Showboat in 2000 changed its name to the Castaways which then closed on January 29, 2004

The Castaways Hotel and Casino (2000-2004), formerly the Showboat (1954–2000), was a hotel and casino located at the north end of the Boulder Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel consisted of a 19 story tower containing 445 rooms, a 80,000-square-foot casino and an adjacent RV park. After 50 years the hotel was closed on January 29, 2004 and the hotel town was later imploded on January 11, 2006.

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On This Date: January 23, 2004 – Binion’s Horseshoe was Sold

January 23, 2015
Binion's Fremont Street Experience

Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, was previous called Binion’s Horseshoe

On January 23, 2004 downtown Las Vegas’ iconic Horseshoe Hotel and Casino was sold to Harrah’s Entertainment. The casino is named for its founder, Benny Binion, whose family ran it from its founding in 1951 until 2004. Currently, the now rename casino, Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel, is owned and operated by TLC Casino Enterprises, Inc. but, the hotel rooms remain closed to this day.

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Las Vegas Panoramic Sky from of Downtown Jan 12, 2015

January 12, 2015
Las Vegas Downtown Sunset Jan 15, 2014

Las Vegas Downtown Sunset – January 15, 2014

Looking over the Symphony Park Development, maybe a stadium one day or not.

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