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Taylor Construction Company Collection (MS-00664)

Abstract

The Taylor Construction Company Collection (1954-1973) consists primarily of publicly distributed information and provides a glimpse of some of the hotels, housing, public buildings, and remodeling projects handled by the company. It contains two booklets on the construction projects of the company from 1954 to 1972. It also includes Las Vegas International Hotel's projected revenues from 1969 to 1973, a newspaper article on Taylor Construction Company projects in Florida, and an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for the MGM Grand Hotel.

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Date
1954-1973
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Resource Type
Papers
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Scope and Contents

The Taylor Construction Company Collection (1954-1973) consists primarily of publicly distributed information and provides a glimpse of some of the hotels, housing, public buildings, and remodeling projects handled by the company. It contains two booklets on the construction projects of the company from 1954 to 1972. It also includes Las Vegas International Hotel's projected revenues from 1969 to 1973, a newspaper article on Taylor Construction Company projects in Florida, and an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for the MGM Grand Hotel.

Biographical / Historical Note

Taylor Construction Company, now known as Taylor International Corporation, has built many iconic hotels on the Las Vegas strip since 1954. Morry M. Mason acquired the Taylor Construction Company in Florida in 1940. Under his direction, the company expanded its operations from building small houses to constructing a diverse collection of luxury hotels, banks, apartment buildings, hospitals, stadia, and manufacturing plants. Taylor Construction established its reputation building iconic hotels in Miami, and in 1964 it moved its operations to Las Vegas. Eventually ownership passed from Morry Mason to his son Stuart Mason, and in 1997, Stuart's sons Jim and Bill Mason bought ownership of Taylor.

Taylor started its first project in Las Vegas, the Riviera, in 1954. Morry Mason followed up by building the Tropicana in 1955, but it wasn't until 1964 that he moved the whole company to Las Vegas permanently. In 1958 Morry's son Stuart started working for the company full time, traveling to Jamaica, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Grand Bahama to build hotels. When Jay Sarno approached Taylor to build Caesars Palace in 1964, Morry moved the company to Las Vegas and Stuart followed to oversee the project. Stuart Mason had the distinction of building the largest hotel in the world four times: the International Hotel (now the LVH), the MGM Grand (now Bally's), the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and the Las Vegas Sands-owned Venetian/Palazzo complex. Other Taylor projects in Las Vegas include: the Riviera, the Tropicana, Caesars Palace, and the Stratosphere Tower.

Sources:

“Stuart Mason Obituary.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. Accessed January 28, 2015. http://obits.reviewjournal.com/obituaries/lvrj/obituary.aspx?pid=157361983.

"About Us." Taylor International Corp. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://www.taylor-usa.com/about-us/.

1940
Morry Mason acquires Taylor International Corp.
1954
Builds the Riviera in Las Vegas.
1955
Begins construction on the Tropicana.
1964
Moves to Las Vegas.
Begins construction on Caesars Palace.
1969
The International Hotel opens. It has 1500 rooms, making it the largest hotel in the world at the time.
1973
MGM Grand (now Bally's) opens.
1993
MGM Grand Las Vegas opens one block south of original MGM Grand (now Bally’s).
1996
The Stratosphere, containing the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, opens.
1997
Bill and Jim Mason buy Taylor International from their father, Stuart Mason.
1999
The Venetian opens.
2007
The Palazzo opens.
Arrangement

Materials remain in original order.

Preferred Citation

Taylor Construction Company Collection, 1954-1973. MS-00664. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00664
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Jim Mason; accession number 2014-065.

Processing Information

Materials were minimally processed by Lindsay Oden in 2014 in compliance with current professional standards.

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