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Linq Construction Update: Imperial Palace Repurposed

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 25th June 2012 2:36pm
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This is part 2 of our little Linq construction status recap. The previous post covered the demolition of O'Sheas down to the studs. This one will eyeball the interior and exterior of the Imperial Palace.

Linq Ip Construction Sidewa

The sidewalk outside of Imperial Palace has been barricaded in from falling construction debris from O'Sheas all the way to the north driveway.

Linq Ip Rockhouse Exterior

The exterior of IP is being completely refaced. The faux-shoji window are being stripped off as is the belt of blue tile.

Linq Ip Construction Drive

The driveway is now completely closed to automobile traffic. Frankly, I have no idea how you're gonna access the Imperial Palace's parking garage right now with many of the roads behind the property closed for Linq / High Roller construction.

Linq Ip Construction Drive2

Looking back towards the strip. I always loved driving my car through this porte cochere.... the tires would squeak on the polished concrete and the kitschy 70's logos and lightbulbs felt like home. The Imperial Palace was my go to joint for five years until Harrah's Total Rewards algorithm decided that I was a "Flamingo player." They were right.

Linq Ip Construction Ccourt

The Carnival Court is now a stones throw it away. It didn't move, something else did.

Linq Ip Construction Flamingo

Eventually a new walk way be built here that will connect to the Carnival Court and Harrah's at the north end, through this part of Imperial Palace....

Linq Ip Construction Flamingo

...through the former O'Sheas and right to the Flamingo's Margaritaville casino (the neon lights back there.) If you hook a left at the lights, you head down a street filled with shopping, dining and bars to where the High Roller ferris wheel will be. Ta-dah! LINQ!

Linq Ip Rockhouse2

Linq Ip Construction Drive4

Linq Ip Construction Drive3

The former Rockhouse space has been completely and totally gutted.

Linq Ip Construction Entry2

The construction continues inside. This sign is not long for this world. Dear Caesars Entertainment, can I have a letter? A "C" or an "M" would look great on my wall. I will cherish it always. Perhaps we should organize a crew of VIMFP'ers dressed like electricians to remove this sign and parse it out amongst us, Danny Ocean-style.

Linq Ip Construction Entry

Gutted. Wasn't this the IP's lounge/keno area? I forget.

Linq Ip Construction Wall

Inside, a rather large chunk of the casino has been sealed off with drywall. This blocked off area goes from the front door to the casino cage.

On the north side of the casino, a majority of the wall between the resort elevators and the front desk has also been barricaded in with drywall. This is where the new Imperial Palace hotel lobby and porte cochere will be located.

Tagged: linq   construction   osheas   flamingo   imperial palace   carnival court   harrahs   


Comments & Discussion:

Great pics, Chuck. I mosied (an actual word in the South) thru IP for the first time about a month ago, and they'd not made nearly this much progress on the demolition/restructurization (just a word I made up). All for the better, IMHO.

Leave it asian, fix little, call it The Junk.

They really wouldn't have to change much.

I'm actually excited to see how this works out. If the new lobby is nice, the combined linq and carnival court are awesome, and they throw a few dollars at the rooms, it might be a nice place for one of the "impulse" trips we all know we secretly plan.

I can't believe Chuckmonster used the word "repurposed".

Damn, I'm gonna miss those dragons in the casino. Hopefully they'll be a yard sale.

The access to the IP parking garage is: Koval west like youre going to Venetian, cut south on Audrie past the Harrahs garage and in the back of IP. Also- the second to the last pic is where the IP poker room was last.

I want the L and the E for obvious reasons. What is the status of Hash House a Go Go during this interior remodel?

I'm in for a decommissioning of the sign and for a letter. No prefence on which one. I have to admit, I'm excited for this change. I think it's going to bring a much heavier outdoor element to the strip and I like the idea of the company deciding to 'expand' the strip by going back.

Any word on what they are going to call the Imperial Palace when they rename it?

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