These casinos used to be bright and luxurious, but now they are abandoned and forgotten buildings that are still attracting thrill-seekers with their mysterious looks. In this post, we would like to tell you about the two casino buildings that are no longer used but are attracting tourists.
Casino Constanta in Romania
The former Casino Constanta in the city after which the casino was named on the Black Sea coast is still magnificent and alluring. From a certain distance, one can think that it is a palace or a mansion of a wealthy owner who enjoys spending free time in the Captain Cooks casino, however, if you get closer, one can see that no one has lived inside it for many years.
This edifice was erected in 1910. The name of the architect is Daniel Renard. He decided to abandon the Romanian style common in those years in favor of Art Nouveau. Inside the building, there were:
- Two gaming rooms
- Two rooms for reading
- One hall for dancing
- A theater and restaurant
- A gallery
- And a terrace with a breathtaking view of the sea.
During World War I, the building of this Romanian casino was utilized as a hospital. In 1917, it resumed its work, with its renovation completed in 1928. During World War II, German troops used the building. Soon, it was damaged by bombs.
With the coming of communism to Romania, the building was renovated. Its last major repair and restoration was carried out in 1988. But two years later, it was closed because of the high expenses required to maintain its operation.
Since 2014, this building has been in a really poor state. It was even forbidden to enter it because of its state. After being recognized as one of the most vulnerable European places, the state and local authorities have taken steps in the direction of its full repair and restoration, and perhaps this casino might soon welcome new visitors.
Asbury Park Casino in New Jersey, USA
At the beginning of the 20th century, Asbury Park was Atlantic City’s biggest competitor. It was complicated to select which of them was the most popular casino resort in the state. This casino was built in 1929 instead of the previous building that had been burned by fire. It was created by NY architects, known for the project of the New Central Station.
The building in art deco style was impressive with its beauty. The panoramic windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean are an outstanding feature of the building. It became an all inclusive complex for entertainment and fun. People could gamble in a casino, watch a show in a theater, go shopping, have fun at attractions, and even enjoy roller skating.
In the 1960s, the town began to decline. Finally, in the 1980s, the casino was closed. The building was significantly damaged and destroyed due to severe storms that managed to destroy the roof because of its wrong installation.
Later, in the 1990s, the carousel was opened again at the territory of the casino. It was used as a flea market. Then, a skate park was built in this territory. The park was modernized in 2016. However, the casino building still remains abandoned and neglected, preserving memories of the old days.