Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel, casino, and tower located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It is the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River and also the tallest structure in Las Vegas, the hotel is a separate building with 24 stories,2,427 rooms and an 80,000 sq ft casino. The Stratosphere is owned and operated by American Casino & Entertainment Properties, while the traditional definition of the Strip excludes the Stratosphere, it is often included in travel guides as a Strip attraction. Using this alternate definition, the Stratosphere is the northernmost of the major Strip resorts, the casino burned down two months later, and Stupak subsequently opened his Vegas World hotel and casino on the same property in 1979. The concept for the Stratosphere began as a plan by Stupak to construct a 1, in early October 1989, Stupak submitted plans to the city for the approval of the neon sign tower, which would stand four times taller than the hotel. Later in the week, Stupak withdrew his plans to time for a revised version of the tower that would include an elevator leading up to an observation deck. Stupak contacted a firm in Texas whose expertise was in designing radio transmission towers. They produced a series of configurations based on computer stretch-outs of their standard skeletal tower designs. When Stupak showed these to CEO Lou Papais of Ad Art, stockton, CA, he and his Executive Art Director, Chuck Barnard, agreed the designs were unsatisfactory and Barnard produced the concept for the 1149 ft. tower. Ad Art design associate, Jack Dubois, then created a giant color rendering of the tower which Stupak used to secure backing for construction. Architect Ned Baldwin, creator of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, was brought in and assembled a team of engineers and architects to flesh out the design. In February 1990, Stupak unveiled his plans for a $50 million,1, 012-foot observation tower with a top floor that would include a revolving restaurant. The tower was also to include a park of African lions. In April 1990, the Las Vegas City Council approved Stupaks tower, despite objections from the Federal Aviation Administration, construction of the $32 million tower began in February 1992, on property adjacent to Vegas World. On August 29,1993, around midnight, hundreds of customers at Vegas World were evacuated when the tower caught on fire. The Stratosphere had been planned to open in August 1994, although the fire was expected to delay construction by eight weeks, Stupak said that the towers first phase would still be ready in time with an accelerated construction schedule. A large crane located atop the tower, used for construction, was damaged in the fire. The following month, high winds prevented the scheduled dismantling of the crane, at that time, the cause of the fire remained unknown
Image: Aerial view Casino Stratosphere LAS 09 2017 4912
Looking up from the base of the Stratosphere, with the X-Scream ride hanging over the edge.