Say It Ain’t So: Tropicana Las Vegas Casino to Lose Its Stained Glass Ceiling

As we wrote about recently, big changes are coming to the Tropicana Las Vegas. The Tropicana will be building a 275,000-square-foot shopping mall with retail stores, restaurants and food court.

More details have emerged, and sadly, it looks like the gorgeous stained glass domed ceiling over the Tropicana’s casino won’t survive the expansion.

Tropicana stained glass

The clock is ticking for the Tropicana’s iconic stained glass ceiling. What a pane.

The Tropicana’s 4,000-square-foot stained-glass ceiling was installed in 1979 and at the time was estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

Tropicana ceiling

Photos in the Tropicana’s casino are strictly prohibited, so naturally, here’s another photo.

The Art Nouveau-style glass ceiling was designed by architect Tony DeVroude. The ceiling got a touch-up as part of a $180 million hotel makeover completed in 2011.

Many describe the ceiling at Tropicana as “Tiffany glass,” although that term relates specifically to stained glass made by Tiffany Studios between 1878 and 1933. (Read more if you’re some kind of stained glass freak.) So, it’s more “Tiffany glass-inspired,” but it’s still one of the most striking design features of any casino on The Strip, and a holdover from a time when the mob ran the show at the Trop.

Tropicana stained glass

The Tropicana goes through 841 gallons of Windex each week, unless we’re just making that up.

The stained glass ceiling at the Tropicana is yet another casualty of a recent spate of shopping mall projects on The Strip. This same trend killed off the “Sirens of TI” show at Treasure Island. Get the details, and by “details,” of course, we mean “gratuitous photos of stripper-pirates.”

Read more about the demise of the stained glass ceiling at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and VegasChatter.com, and here’s hoping there’s a way to salvage and preserve this piece of Las Vegas history.

Thankfully, there are other places in Las Vegas to get your stained glass fix. For example, there are a number of stained glass windows at Main Street Station, downtown. The one below is in the hotel’s Garden Court Buffet.

Main Street stained glass

Drop by the front desk of Main Street to get a guide to the hotel’s many artifacts and antiques.

8 thoughts on “Say It Ain’t So: Tropicana Las Vegas Casino to Lose Its Stained Glass Ceiling

  1. detroit1051

    It’s a shame that that The Trop will remove the ceiling. I hope they at least have the decency to take it down without destroying it. Someone needs to preserve it as part of Vegas history.

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    1. Leocat Tito

      My father was the designer of the stained glass in this casino as well as the Tropicana. This breaks my heart… I didn’t know they were tearing down until i went to find pictures online. 🙁

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      1. Randal Turner

        Leocat, what was the original color of the stained led glass? Was in the red copper like it is now then updated to gold and then back to it’s original color in 2011 or was the original color gold?

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  2. Marion Brenenstuhl

    the loss will be noticed at the trop of all that beautiful stain glass….sorry that was decided as it truely made the place unique..

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  3. Minnesota Guy

    I asked the Tropicana via Twitter and facebook if they planned to reuse the glass and was told they did have a plan for it

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