Like large casinos throughout Nevada, the Riverside has evolved almost continually since it began as a small motel in the 1960s. A separate casino building stood by the river until the 1970s, when major expansions began at a rapid pace. Today the Riverside has a large three-story casino serving as the base for two towers set perpendicular to one another. Martin J. Stern designed the north tower (1982) and Richard Youngblood the south tower (1994), which generally follows Stern's design. Both towers are slabs with columns of windows and gold metal cornices. Despite the increased competition from large casino chains such as the Flamingo Hilton and Harrah's, the Riverside remains a favorite destination of devoted regulars.
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