Riviera Casino Demolition Update: Abandoned Rooftop Pool is History

Following the much-hyped implosion of the Riviera’s Monaco tower on June 14, 2016, it’s back to business-as-usual for the hotel’s demolition team.

Riviera demolition

We’re still in the denial stage of our grief. Mainly because we can’t recall what the other stages are.

One of The Strip’s most infamous fails has now fallen victim to heavy machinery, as the Riv’s abandoned pool is being transformed into rubble.

Riviera Las Vegas hidden pool

“Time heals all wounds.” ~The boneheads who built the Riv’s defective rooftop pool

The pool in question was built in 1987. The pool is situated over the north side of the Riviera’s casino.

The pool was never used because it was built poorly and leaked into the casino. The defective pool wasn’t easy to find, but we managed to do a security breach for posterity before the Riviera closed on May 4, 2015.

Riviera pool

Don’t think of it as a demolition. Think of it as a mercy killing.

The Riviera’s rooftop pool is the stuff of Las Vegas legend. Now, it’s becoming a memory.

The front of The Riv has pretty much been stripped clean. Here’s a bird’s-eye look at the abandoned pool, the hotel’s facade and the two stories of rubble from the 24-floor Monaco tower implosion.

Several structures remain at the Riviera site, including another tower, the Monte Carlo, slated for implosion in August 2016.

Here’s a shot of the south side of the Monte Carlo tower. Behind that, an empty space that was the Riv’s convention center.

Riviera demolition

At left, the Rivera’s Monte Carlo tower. At right, the debris that was the Monaco tower.

The other side of the Monte Carlo tower has been wrapped in plastic in preparation for the implosion. Insert your favorite “safe implosion” joke here.

Riviera Monte Carlo tower

That’s right, the Monte Carlo tower isn’t at the Monte Carlo hotel. The Monte Carlo hotel soon won’t be at the Monte Carlo hotel. It’s complicated.

Please partake of our Riviera demolition photo gallery, for soon it’s all we’ll have left of this Las Vegas classic.

Riviera Demolition Update: June 19, 2016

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  • Jefe

    That pool is about as infamous as the Queen Mary’s pool.

    • Bouldersteve

      Did not know the Queen Mary had a pool. I thought it was called the Pacific Ocean