Riviera Demolition Imagery Will Make You Feel Things

Demolition of the Riviera casino is progressing at a startling pace, and we’ve got the latest pics and video to prove it.

Riviera Las Vegas demolition

If all we are is dust in the wind, the Riviera is quickly becoming us.

Work crews are tearing down a number of buildings simultaneously, cleaning up the rubble as they go.

Here’s a video of the Riviera demolition that your children’s children will play for their children to show them how Las Vegas hotels were taken down before the invention of Death Stars. Or something.

The speed and efficiency of the work being done is truly impressive. Props to W.A. Richardson Builders LLC, whomever that might actually be.

The company is responsible for demolishing about a dozen low-rise structures on the Riviera site, in preparation for implosions of the hotel’s two main towers. Implosions of those towers are expected in June and August.

Riviera demolition

Cranes and dozers and asbestos abatement, oh, my.

Recently flattened structures include the Riviera’s convention center and parking garage.

Even the Riviera’s once-flashy facade is being dismantled.

Riviera demolition

The Riviera’s facade is currently advertising the entire list of magician Jan Rouven’s legal defenses.

The Riviera site is scheduled to be part of a Las Vegas Convention Center expansion. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Riviera neon

Yes, they’re tossing lots of vintage Vegas neon. This is the point where we turn into a blubbering idiot. Although, admittedly, that really only involves the addition of blubbering.

Take a look at our previous Riviera demolition coverage if your tear ducts can take it.

Yes, the closure and demolition of The Riv is progress, but it’s also a loss of Las Vegas culture and history. Riviera opened on April 20, 1955.

We’re going to need a minute.

Riviera Demolition Update: May 18, 2016

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11 thoughts on “Riviera Demolition Imagery Will Make You Feel Things

  1. agoodspeed

    Thanks for these updates,love the drone footage…its really interesting to see the progress and the planning that goes into these kinds of demolitions. The Riv was one of my Favorites and Im going to miss it.

  2. Todd Sterling

    I do find it sad to see an old(er) part of Vegas dying, every casino just keeps giving way to newer casinos vs investing in history. I understand that money talks, there is barely any history left. Even downtown is being replaced with bigger and not necessarily better casinos/hotels. I guess convention space is where it is at, just hate to see the Rivera go. Try and keep us updated on the implosion, I will be out there at the end of August

  3. Jonesy55

    Time marches on……..I guess. Looks like the Flamingo is the best history the Strip has left to offer. And that is sad ?

  4. Bouldersteve

    Sad to see the Rivera go down. It would be better if another hotel/casino got built but convention space..boring.

  5. Ryan

    Has an implosion date been announced yet? I keep hearing “sometime in June”, but June is almost here now.

  6. Ken Parent

    I have only been going to Vegas for a 13 years, so I cannot say I have seen any of these in their prime. I like the big casinos, but prefer the smaller on the strip. Part of the fun of Vegas is walking out of the Venetian and into Casino Royale. Soon, you will not be able to go to the strip with out a stack of money. Oh well, still love Vegas, but I guess at 38 I am just the old guy. Who remembers the Boardwalk Casino with half a craps table.


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