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Glass Pool Inn
Las Vegas, NV

 

The Glass Pool Inn was an old 1950's era motel that was a fine example of the type of roadside lodging that was common along the Las Vegas Strip in the mid-century era. The Glass Pool was originally name the Mirage Motel, but sold its name to Steve Wynn who was building the Mirage Casino and Hotel in 1989.

The famous pool portholes
Las Vegas, NV
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The Glass Pool Inn distinguished itself from the typical roadside motel with its unique pool, which featured glass windows to see in and out of. These port hole shaped windows are quite eye-catching for those that pass by along Las Vegas Blvd and was the scene for many movies.

Glass Pool Inn marquee
Las Vegas, NV
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The motel closed its doors in 2003 after over 50 years in operation. The motel units, offices, and the pool itself were razed shortly thereafter in 2004 and just the sign remained, standing lonely by itself above the empty lot.

Glass Pool Inn
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Glass Pool Inn
Las Vegas, NV
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At dusk the marquee with its backlight would light up in same blue hue as the swimming pool water. When the place was open, the Glass Pool Inn offered the standard amenities to customers, including color TV, phones, laundromat service, kitchens, and satellite TV.

 

 

Check out the way the swimming pool shows off its colors as dusk settles along Las Vegas Blvd.

 

Glass Pool Inn
Las Vegas, NV
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Below was the archived entry in Preservation Alley in January 2004.

Las Vegas, NV --- Where do you go, ye olde motels?

Traveling down the Vegas strip brings you to a familiar sight on the south side of town. Yes, it's theGlass Pool Inn and it dynamic pool with windows... yes... actual windows along the side of its above ground pool.

Glass Pool Inn Marquee
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In October, the Las Vegas Review Journal published an article stating the wrecking ball is looming for the Glass Pool Inn and surrounding property.

With Vegas' thirst for megaresorts, it's not surprising to see yet another property from the mid-century destined for the wrecking ball. The inn was originally called the Mirage Motel when it opened in 1952 and changed name and hands when the Mirage Hotel opened up further down the strip.

The most unique aspect of the Glass Pool is just that, the glass pool. The windows alongside the pool advertised the blue waters inside, tempting to travelers and locals alike, especially during the hot summers Vegas is known for.

Glass Pool Inn (November 2003)
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It's always sad to see a roadside treasure disappear, but to see the old familiar friend gated off and destined for oblivion shows how the buildings we take for granted can be demolished at a whim.

 

 

 

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