Title: Paragon Casino Resort
Location: Marksville, LA
Project type: Tribal – Casino, Hotel and Resort
Owner: Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
Services Provided: Architecture, Master Planning and Interior Design
Service Areas: Lobby, Casino Floor, Hotel Rooms, Food & Beverage, Pool/Spa and Convention Center
Description: Often called one of the “sexist casinos” in the U.S., the southern Louisiana-themed Paragon Casino Resort has been delighting players and guests since 2007. The resort features 531 rooms and suites, a 65,000SF casino, a ballroom/conference center, seven distinctive dining destinations, a 3-screen movie theater, outdoor and indoor pools, a fitness center and a luxury spa.
Our design scheme was informed by the unique elements of NOLA architecture and the heritage and rich traditions of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, and this blending of styles is perhaps most fully expressed in the resort’s French Quarter architecture, great food – and a 6,000 SF ‘bayou’ [complete with live alligators!] placed in the hotel’s atrium lobby.
Every detail was planned to make Paragon’s indoor bayou ‘experience’ as realistic as possible: fireflies hover in the mist piped across the surface of the water, and guests riding the glass elevators look down on 50 foot Cypress trees draped in live Spanish moss.
A note on the construction experience: Despite contending with two hurricanes during construction, the TBE-led construction team managed to open the resort ahead of schedule and under budget.
“I have the best architectural firm in the country! Thalden Boyd Emery has completed two projects for me. This one went flawlessly – one million dollars under budget, opened three months ahead of schedule.”
– Jeff Livingston, President