In 1958, 19-year-old Jim Duszynski moved to Las Vegas from Toledo, Ohio and bought a small wedding chapel for $5, calling it the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel. The chapel was originally located at 607 Las Vegas Blvd. South, but the owners eventually moved their business across the street, adding a steeple to an old Masonic Lodge and hosting weddings at the chapel until 2000.
Jim and his family took great pride in sharing their chapel with stars like Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, the Mandrell sisters, Rodney Dangerfield and Dave Chappelle. His wife says two of his favorite clients were musicians from two very different eras: Diana Ross and Coolio.
In the 1970s, Jim ordered from YESCO the fantastic sign featuring animated ringing bells that currently lives in the Neon Boneyard. Today the Silver Bell is the Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel. The new chapel replaced the “Silver Bell” panel and painted over the “SB” on the bells and used it for a short period of time before installing new signage of their own.
The sign is now a favorite for Mon Bel Ami newlyweds choosing the option of a professional photo shoot at the Neon Museum after their wedding.