Paragon Casino Resort

Marksville, Louisianna

Marksville is a small, sleepy town in central Louisiana. The Paragon Casino Resort has been re-designed and transformed into a world class resort to delight players, and to provide a rich architectural backdrop for leisure activities.The design team’s direction was to express the heritage of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, while focusing on the unique elements of this historic southern state. Paragon reflects these features in its great food, French Quarter architecture and a 6,000 square foot bayou in the Hotel Atrium. The centerpiece of the re-design is an eight-story hotel tower enclosing the atrium, surrounded by 200 new luxury guestrooms and suites. Guests journey to their rooms in glass-faced elevators overlooking 50-foot-tall, Spanish moss-draped Cypress trees set in alligator- infested water. Every detail was planned to make the experience realistic, from fireflies, to mist floating along the bayou’s dark surface. Shops in the Atrium continue the themed effect with knarled pine siding, corrugated metal roofing and antique accessories. Keeping the property open through construction would have been challenge enough. But additionally, the team had to remain flexible and responsive through two hurricanes. In the end, this team effort resulted in the project being delivered ahead of schedule and under budget. Paragon Casino Resort features 531 rooms and suites, a 65,000sf casino, a ballroom/conference center, seven dining destinations, a three-screen movie theater, outdoor and indoor pools, fitness center, luxury spa, and the Mari Center (live entertainment venue).

Size: 266,000 Square Feet
Cost: $90 Million
Completion: 2002
Client: Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Responsibilities: Prime Architect, Interior Design