Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health ~ Las Vegas!

Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health ~ Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is the world’s number one gambling and decadence destination, but this city also has unique cultural sites that are often overlooked in travel brochures.  There are people that travel to Las Vegas just to do things like visit Chinatown, tour museums and do some antique shopping.  Some people do culinary tours of Las Vegas and a few years ago there was a group that actually visited every gourmet cupcake shop in the entire valley.  There are also people that only make a trip to Las Vegas just to see the modern architecture.  The mega-casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are truly a marvel to see.  Going off the Las Vegas Strip is like browsing a history book of architectural styles that range from the early 1900s through the modern contemporary period of the 1960s.  

“I wonder how they built that?” is a question that is overheard from onlookers just about anywhere in Las Vegas.  This question definitely applies to the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health on West Bonneville Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.  I honestly have seen people stand across the street at the Prime Outlet Mall and stare at this odd looking building in disbelief.  Droves of visitors take photos of the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center everyday.  The reason why is easy to understand.  There simply is no other architectural design like this on earth!     

Weird, strange and bizarre are descriptions that are overheard from onlookers that see the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center for the first time.  Those who are in the construction business simply stare at this modern architectural masterpiece with a smile on their face, because being involved with an interesting construction project is like a dream come true, especially after building one “cookie cutter” house after another.

Architects worldwide visit the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health too.  This building was designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry, so a visit to this place can be compared to studying the architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was far ahead of his own time.  Frank Gehry accomplished a difficult surrealistic theme when he designed the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health and this building truly is a work of art.

The photos in the slideshow date back to just after construction began on the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center back in 2009.  In fact, I was living nearby when this site was just an empty lot.  At that time, I used to catch a city bus to work across the street at the Clark County Government Center, which is a marquis example of modern Southwestern desert architecture in itself.  While sitting at the bus stop each week, I watched the weird looking building across the street take shape, piece by piece.  The sight was interesting to say the least!

Of course, unique architecture is only part of the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center.  The Cleveland Clinic is famous for being a leader in modern medical research and practice.  This medical facility is renowned for breakthroughs in finding cures for neurological disorders and many firsts in the urology field have been credited to this clinic.  In effect, it is only fitting to have a world famous architectural design for a building that houses world class medical services.

When visiting Las Vegas, taking the time to do a little architectural sightseeing tour to the intersection of West Bonneville Avenue and South Grand Central Parkway is well worth the effort.  The World Market Center, Prime Outlet Mall, Clark County Government Center and the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center can all be found at this same location, so there is plenty to see and do.  For fans of great architecture, each of these neighboring buildings offers grand architectural designs that are well worth checking out.  By far, the surrealist looking Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center takes the cake for being one of the most interesting complex architectural designs on earth!  


Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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