Crown Las Vegas
An artist's impression of the Crown once completed
Former namesLas Vegas Tower
General information
TypeHotel, Casino, Conference, Retail, Observation Tower
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Address2600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Estimated completion2014
OpenedNever opened
CostUS$5 billion
OwnerPublishing and Broadcasting Limited
Antenna spire1,887 ft (575 m)[1] (original proposal)
1,064 feet (324 m)[2] (reduced height)
Technical details
Floor count142
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
DeveloperChristopher Milam, IDM Properties

Crown Las Vegas, previously known as the Las Vegas Tower, was a proposed supertall skyscraper that would have been built on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. If built, the tower would have been 1,887 feet (575 m) tall, making it the tallest building in the United States and 5th tallest in the world. After two major redesigns, the project was cancelled in March 2008.[3]

Crown Las Vegas, as originally planned, would have consisted of a casino, a hotel and an observation deck. The tower would have been built on Las Vegas Boulevard on the former site of the Wet 'n Wild Water Park. The building's architect was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The cost of the project was estimated to be $5 billion, and its original completion date was set for 2014.[4]


Originally proposed as the "Las Vegas Tower", the name of the building changed when Publishing and Broadcasting Limited reached an agreement on May 31, 2007, with the tower's developers to invest money in the project and run its casino.[5] As part of the agreement, the project was renamed Crown Las Vegas.

Crown Las Vegas was originally proposed to rise 1,887 feet (575 m) by Christopher Milam, a building developer from Texas. According to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas,[6] the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was concerned with the proposed height, due to the tower's proximity to McCarran International Airport and Nellis Air Force Base. In November 2006, the FAA issued a "notice of presumed hazard" because the tower's location is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of McCarran Airport's runways.

The FAA stated that anything over 700 feet (210 m) on the site chosen for the tower would constitute an air hazard. On October 24, 2007, the FAA denied the project, deeming that the tower was a "hazard to aviation". As a result of the decision, Clark County code prohibited its construction at the proposed height. There were plans to resubmit the project, with a new height of 1,150 feet (351 m).[7] However, on November 20, 2007, the FAA reached a final decision that no structure taller than 1,064 feet (324 m) would be approved in the site.[8] Milam then resubmitted the project to the Clark County Planning Commission at the maximum height allowed by the FAA, and the tower was officially approved for construction on December 6, 2007, with a height of 1,064 feet (324 m).[2]

There had been some speculation that Milam wanted to submit plans for the construction of a second, twin tower to also rise 1,064 ft (324 m).[1] If constructed, the two Crown Las Vegas towers would have become the tallest twin towers in the Western Hemisphere. However, no official plans were ever released.

In March 2008, Crown chairman James Packer announced the project was cancelled and the site put up for sale.[3]

Milam's two-year option expired in June 2008. Milam and his partners paid $67.1 million in nonrefundable deposits and fees to Archon between June 2006 and June 2008. In December 2008, Milam resubmitted another bid for the 27-acre (110,000 m2) site which had now risen to $618 million, compared to $475 million for the last agreement. The arrangement called for him to submit a non-refundable $60 million deposit. He had a little over two years to complete the purchase and did not do so.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Crown Las Vegas / 1,887 ft / 575 m / Floors Pending". Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  2. ^ a b Spillman, Benjamin (2007-12-06). "Obstacles gone for LV tower: County panel approves 1,064-foot Strip hotel". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  3. ^ a b Michael West (26 March 2008). "Packer dealt a dead hand in Vegas" (PDF). The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 December 2010.
  4. ^ Haynes, Rhys (2007-07-23). "Packer's high Vegas punt". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2007-09-14.
  5. ^ Australian magnate to invest in LV casino. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived 2007-06-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ I-Team: New Plan Could See Tallest Building in U.S. Built in Las Vegas Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Knightly, Arnold (2007-10-24). "Developer downscales tower plans". Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  8. ^ Knightly, Arnold M. (2007-11-20). "Strip tower given a trim". Casino City Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  9. ^ "Developer bids again for Wet 'n Wild site". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Dec 25, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-01-27. Retrieved Dec 25, 2008.

Coordinates: 36°08′25″N 115°09′25″W / 36.140354°N 115.156868°W / 36.140354; -115.156868