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Taylor Construction Company
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.
“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/.
Morry Mason acquires Taylor Construction Company.
Builds the Riviera in Las Vegas.
Begins construction on the Tropicana.
Moves to Las Vegas.
Begins construction on Caesars Palace.
The International Hotel opens. It has 1500 rooms, making it the largest hotel in the world at the time.
MGM Grand (now Bally's) opens.
MGM Grand Las Vegas opens one block south of original MGM Grand (now Bally’s).
The Stratosphere, containing the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, opens.
Bill and Jim Mason buy Taylor International from their father, Stuart Mason.