The Bellagio Hotel + Casino was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company, Mirage Resorts, Inc. following the purchase and demolition of the legendary Dunes hotel and casino in October 27, 1993. The $1.6 billion resort became the most expensive hotel in the world. Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnerships was the architect. The design-build plan was luxury at its best, requiring the most beautiful and durable stone products available.
Stephen Antisdale sourced stone from all over the world, including but not limited to Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the Philippines. Unfortunately, 1993 was a record-breaking monsoon season in the Pacific. A monsoon hit the Philippines during the quarrying phase of the project devastating the roads and infrastructure. The Manila quarries were the source of marble for the guest room baths. Steve says, “Our trucks were prevented from delivering blocks from the quarry to the factory. It was a mess. The roads were literally washed out.” We were in danger of not getting product to the work site in time.
If the washed out road situation was not addressed, the project would not be completed on time. Failure is not an option for Stephen Antisdale.
Antisdale hired workmen to rebuild the roads in order to insure on-time delivery. The Bellagio is credited with starting a new spree of luxurious developments in Las Vegas, and Stephen Antisdale is proud to have had a hand in that distinction.
Before founding Stone Ally (formerly Stone Connection) Stephen Antisdale worked for the Mirage Resort + Casino as the Assistant Director for Purchasing. He was personally responsible for sourcing stone and fabrication factories for the Bellagio project. Steve developed a client relationship with Wynn after forming Stone Ally, and supplied stone for Wynn Hotel + Casino, Macau, China.
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