Born in San Diego in , McAllister was drawn to architecture in high school and rather than attend college, got a job as a draftsman. It was layered in stucco, terra cotta, and tiles, with a Spanish Mission theme predominating. After his work on this groundbreaking resort, McAllister relocated to Los Angeles, where he remodeled and designed from scratch a series of hotels, nightclubs, and drive-ins.
Then there are the Vegas years. Looking at the wealth of Sands pictures that adorn this book, the reader is transported back in time. In , after his Fremont casino capped his Las Vegas career, McAllister accepted a position with the Marriott hotel chain, followed by a series of non-architectural ventures.
The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister by Chris Nichols
His legacy in Las Vegas probably rests most firmly on the idea behind the El Rancho Vegas and the execution of the Sands. For those who revel in all things moderne, the book is a visual treat. After a brief biographical section, Nichols runs through chapters on Agua Caliente, hotels, drive-ins, dinner houses, and Las Vegas. Restaurants -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
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His Fred-and-Ginger nightclubs and glinting-steel-and-blazing-neon circular drive-ins brought Hollywood to life. Includes bibliographical references p. Salt Lake City, Utah: View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Related resource Contributor biographical information at http: Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
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