One Tower Down, One to Go at Las Vegas Club Demolition

Demolition crews have completed bringing down one of two hotel towers at the closed Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas.

Work on the southernmost hotel tower, about 18 floors tall, was completed on Nov. 10, 2017.

Here’s a “before” photo on Sep. 11, 2017.

Las Vegas Club demolition

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And here’s a look at the Las Vegas Club now.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Downtown now has a lot more sky.

Demolition of the 18 Fremont block began back in February 2017.

The Las Vegas Club hotel towers are being mechanically dismantled with high-reach excavators, as opposed to the typical casino implosion, due to the hotel’s proximity to other buildings.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Here’s a look at the good deal of nothing from the Main Street side.

There have been some fun highlights of the hotel tower’s demolition, including stores of cheerleader uniforms (Las Vegas Club was sports-themed), toilets (no, really) and, most recently, playing cards.

We were shooting video as the excavator tore into a storage room containing thousands of boxes of playing cards. This is about as good as demolition porn in Las Vegas gets, frankly.

Demolition of the Las Vegas Club’s sole remaining tower has already commenced.

A key difference between the two Las Vegas Club hotel towers is the just-demolished structure was concrete. The north tower is steel. The base of the building was designed, and built, to hold an additional 20 floors that were never added, so the next phase of the project could be a bit of a slog for demolition crews.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Taking old stuff down is almost as much fun as putting new things up.

The target is to complete the demolition by the end of 2017.

A new resort from Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of The D and Golden Gate, is expected sometime in 2020.

If you’re a fan of demolitions, check out all our Las Vegas Club demolition coverage.

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  • Manybar Goatfish

    It’s pretty obvious by now the crush Mr. High-Reach has for LVC with her extra-hefty bottom. Although LVC is quite the air-head (elevator doesn’t go to the top), her big-boned building (BBB) frame is more demanding of a relationship than the wham bam encounter that happened with her concrete sister next door, and that’s fine because excavators have feelings too.

  • John Eichman

    What puzzles me is that they didn’t search the building room by room before the demolition started. All the stuff (cards, cheerleader uniforms, etc.) are money-makers. Just toss them into a storage unit for a few years, then sell them at the 18 Fremont gift shop at vastly inflated prices. Sure, it won’t be millions, but why throw away free money?

    • Yeah, seems a waste now. I’d have taken some of those cards AND a cheerleader outfit.

      • Manybar Goatfish

        Did anyone ever verify the cheerleader outfits were real and not just purple and yellow rags hanging from the building? I had the costumes, and the playing cards both figured as a publicity stunt – maybe even the brainchild of Scott Roeben! Nice work if that’s the case!

      • Mike L

        TMI!

    • VegasSlushy

      Yeah, I’m with you. Why didn’t somebody at least go through the buildings and clean out all the old uniforms and other worthless souvenirs of the building and sell it off? Probably more trouble than it’s worth, but preservationists hate to see that stuff go into a landfill, and memorabilia collectors would have scooped it up. Somebody would have bought all those uniforms in bulk if need be to sell them off as memorabilia piece by piece.

      • John Eichman

        Exactly. Somebody could have turned that stuff for a pretty penny. If Derek didn’t want to sully his manicure with it, then he could have farmed it out to some hustler. There was several tens of thousands of dollars that just got buried in a landfill.

  • rich__b

    The second tower doesn’t even look that old. Surprised they aren’t reusing it somehow. Could have built the extra floors on it.

    • ZzjitterzZ

      Originally that was the plan, but apparently Mr. Stevens & Co. wanted to build a new resort on a clean slate, which I totally understand.

    • Mike L

      My thought as well. It probably would have kept room rates lower at the new hotel too since they wouldn’t have to do as much construction.