Venetian Hotel and Casino

On May 3rd, 1999, the Venetian Hotel and casino opened its doors to the sounds of trumpets and singing gondoliers!

Exterior of the Venetian Hotel and Casino on opening day
Exterior of the Venetian Hotel and Casino on opening day
The Venetian is located where the Sands Hotel and Casino used to stand. Construction started in 1997 and the final building comprised of 3,036 rooms, was 35 storys high and eventually cost $1.5 billion – making it one of the most expensive resorts of its time.
Themed on the sights of Venice in Italy, the resort has a replica Rialto Bridge, a tower emulating St. Mark’s Campanile – the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica and painted ceilings in the style of Tintoretto and Fumiani.
Color photograph of the Venetian Hotel and Casino under construction
Venetian Hotel and Casino under construction
Venetian Hotel and Casino with the “Grande Canal Shoppes” shopping mall with waterway for gondolas under construction. Spring 1999
Grande Canal Shoppes under construction, 1999