CLEVELAND -- Outside, it still looks like the old Higbee building. On the inside, however, it's undergone a complete transformation.
After some hard work and $350 million dollars the Art Deco styling of nearly a century ago is now the backdrop to a 21st century casino.
There will be 2,100 slot machines and more than 60 gaming tables at the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino.
Developers have taken great care to preserve the architectural details of the building including the column work. The chandeliers have also been preserved and restored.
"We field calls from people all the time remembering coming down here with their grandmother to shop all day, to go up to the Silver Grille, to have a wonderful memory every Sunday. So it's kind of great to see the building and keep all of those elements that people will remember every time they come in," said Noah Hirsch, the casino marketing director.
It's a multi-floor casino. The first floor has soaring high ceilings while developers designed the second floor to be a little more intimate. The restaurants, featuring some of the biggest chefs in Cleveland, are on the third floor. The high-limit room is up on the fourth floor where players can drop up to $10,000 per hand. Also on the fourth floor, you'll find the 30-table opulent World Series of Poker room.
Some five million people are expected to visit the casino each year.