LAS VEGAS (June 4, 2012) – The Plaza Hotel & Casino, a staunch supporter of continued
development in downtown Las Vegas, is now supporting and housing the production offices of
the Vegas Vernacular Project, which is preserving the unique and historic signs of downtown
Las Vegas through photography.
The Vegas Vernacular Project was established to document hand-painted and illuminated
signage throughout the city, with a focus on downtown Las Vegas. There are lesser-known
examples of historic signs, beyond the landmark signs of Fremont Street, which are under threat
of being lost as the city redevelops. Many of these signs reflect a unique look and character that
the project is seeking to preserve through photographs.
The organizers of the Vegas Vernacular Project are Las Vegans Bryan McCormick, Geoffrey
Ellis and Mark Johnson, who are all strong supporters of downtown revitalization efforts.
The creative and production team behind the project consists entirely of volunteers, with over 25
photographers, artists and gallery owners currently involved. The total team size, which will
include support staff, writers, engineers, and designers, is expected to grow to 50 people at the
peak of production.
In addition to support from the Plaza, the Vegas Vernacular Project is receiving assistance from
The Downtown Project, Adobe Systems, and Box.
Organizers say a soft launch of a public website providing a curated view of the photography
archive is expected in the fall of 2012.
About the Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino opened in 1971 at 1 Main Street, at the intersection of Main and
Fremont Street, and was a fashionable stop on the first train service through Las Vegas.
Anchoring the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza has been an iconic hotel in the heart of
downtown Las Vegas for more than 40 years. It sits on 16.5 acres of land and has more than
1,000 rooms and suites, making it one of the largest hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas.
Recent renovations have updated and improved the Plaza’s ambiance throughout, creating a
stylish and comfortable new experience for its guests. The newly renovated Plaza was named
“Best Downtown Hotel” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. For more information and