Blowhard, Esq. writes:
On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I visited the Neon Museum, where the ghosts of the city’s golden age haunt the Nevada desert. It’s a wonderfully photogenic, melancholy place and an essential stop the next time you’re in the city.
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The museum’s visitor center is located in lobby of the former La Concha Motel. An example of the Googie style, it was designed by Paul Williams, the first black architect admitted to the American Institute of Architects. The motel was located further north on the Strip, so the building was cut into pieces, moved, then reassembled in its present location.
- Many of the signs were designed and manufactured by Young Electric Sign Company.
- The museum offers tours of restored Las Vegas neon signs, some of which I photographed on a previous visit.
- Las Vegas resident Lloyd Fonvielle on the Boneyard, including a short film. I thought of Shelley’s “Ozymandias”, too.