The Harmon Hotel Spa and Residences at CityCenter Las Vegas was supposed to be 49 floors of luxury rooms and condos in the center of the glorious Las Vegas Strip. It turned out to be a rare Las Vegas fail of epic proportions. Now, it’s being torn down, floor by earthquake-vulnerable floor.
Ah, what might have been. Behold, the “before” photo.
The defective building’s proximity to other buildings meant it couldn’t be imploded, so it’s being dismantled, and the dismantling process has cut the ill-fated Harmon tower down to half its original height.
It’s a story that will live in Las Vegas infamy.
The Harmon is the only hotel in the history of Las Vegas that was unceremoniously pulled down, piece-by-piece, before it hosted even one guest or “direct to your room” dance party. Not that we have those in Las Vegas, of course.
The unconventional demolition of the Harmon tower is expected to cost $11.5 million plus gratuity. (Hey, it’s a Las Vegas.)
So, as the Harmon disappears before our eyes, the saga of this unfortunate chapter in Las Vegas history is coming to a close. But not before we memorialize the Harmon with this awesome photo we had to wait 20 minutes to take because the Aria digital sign didn’t realize we have better things to do.
Here’s to wrongs righted, to FUBARs rebarred, to buildings being unbuilt and multi-million dollar projects summed up in one simple word: “D’oh.”