Proposed resort has art deco theme

Oct 23, 2001 8:58 AM

The art deco theme in architecture hit its peak in the 1950s and ”˜60s, but a proposed casino inspired by the French artist Erte would bring the style back into vogue ”” and Las Vegas.

Erte Extravaganza is the name of a proposed art deco mega resort, according to Romm Doulton, chairman of D3V in Las Vegas, a developer of destination entertainment projects.

“The word ”˜spectacular’ is frequently used to describe the very unusual, but only ”˜extravaganza’ aptly describes this project,” Doulton told GamingToday. “The works of Erte are classic, and this property will reflect his one-of-a-kind art.”

Doulton said the 23-story, 3,200-room megaresort would cost about $1.1 billion to build ”” an estimate from Beers/Skanska Construction Company, he said.

Without revealing many details, Doulton said the resort’s highlights include a black-and-gold hotel exterior, a 15-story revolving “Lovers and Idols” sculpture, based on an Erte original, a 100,000-square-foot casino inspired by the turn-of-the-century Tabarin Casino in Paris, and an art deco/art nouveau museum featuring the works of (who else!) Erte, as well as other leading artists of the period.

There will also be a façade emblazoned with Erte’s famous The Priestesses, from a 1927 revue at the Folies in Paris

Doulton added that the entire project will feature an “art deco enhanced story line,” with the project’s theme “exploring the Age of Elegance” of the 1900s.

“Besides the architecture, there will be art deco-inspired components such as furniture, bedding, cutlery and carpets,” he said, adding that other original Erte concepts will be incorporated in the project, but for now are “under wraps.”

In addition to Doulton’s company, other backers of the project include Ray Perman of Sevenarts Limited, the London-based holder of all of Erte’s works and trademarks; and David Rogath of Chalk & Vermillion, a Greenwich, Connecticut publisher of Erte’s sculptures and graphic designs.

No timetable was set for breaking ground or possible construction, he said.