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Frank Gehry

"I'm trying to make a building that people will want to visit, remember, talk about, and enjoy."

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is an iconic architectural landmark in Las Vegas. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, its unique design and welcoming atmosphere are a tribute to the patients, families and staff who come to the center.

Mr. Gehry wanted to create a place that would be memorable: "The mantra is Keep Memory Alive," he noted. "I'm trying to make a building that people will want to visit, remember, talk about, and enjoy, and ultimately will want to partner with us at the center to help cure brain diseases."

Mr. Gehry acknowledges a personal connection to brain health and preserving memory. The wife and three brothers-in-law of Dr. Milton Wexler, Frank Gehry's longtime analyst and friend, were stricken with Huntington's disease. For roughly 35 years, Mr. Gehry has served on the board of Wexler's Hereditary Disease Foundation. Huntington's disease is now one of the disorders studied at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Building Facts

  • 199 windows, none of which are alike
  • 18,000 stainless steel shingles, each cut to unique measurements
  • 65,000 hours of engineering
  • 2 continents, 1 body of water and 1 desert: distance covered during transportation of building's components, which were fabricated in China and shipped to Las Vegas
  • 3 years, 3 months and 13 days: length of time from groundbreaking (February 9, 2007) through official opening day (May 21, 2010)

Contact Keep Memory Alive at 702.263.9797 or info@keepmemoryalive.org to schedule a tour of the facility.