One of the bright lights of casino design went out when Henry Michael “Bud” Conversano passed away on September 4 at the age of 86.
Conversano was a pioneer of modern casino design. Over the years, he worked with many of the legends including Bill Harrah, Stephen Wynn, Sol Kerzner, Kirk Kerkorian, Hugh Hefner and Donald Trump.
Conversano created the majority of the designs for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Golden Nugget (Las Vegas and Atlantic City), Sun City South Africa, the Mirage in Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas and many more. He truly believed that each design he created was theatrical. He worked on Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and designed Trump’s residence at Trump Tower in New York.
Conversano was a complete designer, and was a mentor to two of today’s leading gaming architects, Brad Friedmutter and Paul Steelman.