150+ Iconic architecture tours
Change the way you see Las Vegas!
Las Vegas is a serious architecture destination, and these tours prove it. We’ve planned more than 150 expertly-curated, architect-led experiences that show you another side of the city. You’ll go behind the scenes of high-profile, historic, and avant-garde architecture on and off The Strip.
These tours are also A’19 exclusives, which means you won’t have an opportunity to take them again next time you visit Las Vegas.
Join us for a tour of Las Vegas’ most fabulous and exciting architecture destinations! Most tours are eligible for HSW and AXP credit. If you purchase a Platinum Pass, your pass includes one free tour ticket.
Read on to explore five featured tours.
The Smith Center for Performing Arts
Las Vegas was one of the largest cities in the US without a performing arts center. That changed in 2012 with the opening of the Smith Center, the $470M LEED Gold certified project that’s credited with bringing Broadway to Las Vegas. The five-acre center is in Symphony Park, in Downtown Las Vegas, and was designed by David M. Schwarz. Its Neo Art Deco design echoes the Hoover Dam and features a 17-story, four-octave carillon tower featuring 47 hand-crafted brass bells.
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Frank Gehry initially declined to design this $100M Cleveland Clinic building. That changed once the building’s owners added Huntington’s disease to the list of diseases the center would treat and study. The building features a Museum of the Mind, an auditorium, research areas, 13 rooms for medical consultations, and 27 single rooms for patients. Gehry says this building “takes his breath away.” Hear all the details from Brian Zamora, an integral member of the design team.
Rat Pack Revue: Morelli House
This house is a classic example of Las Vegas Mid-Century residential architecture. And it’s famous for being the home of Antonio Morelli, the Sands Hotel orchestra conductor and musical director who helped change the music scene in Southern Nevada in the 1950s and 1960s. This house was designed for entertaining, hosting celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland. See all its beautiful details, painstakingly preserved.
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Seven Magic Mountains
In the desert, near Dry Jean Lake, you’ll find Seven Magic Mountains. This fabulous, colorful, large-scale art installation by Ugo Rondinone is a temporary exhibit located just outside of the city. It’s also the only thing for miles around, so you can’t miss it. Seven 30- to 35-foot-high towers of locally-sourced boulders painted in vivid, dayglow colors stretch toward the clouds in a “creative expression of human presence in the desert.”
Springs Preserve & Solar Decathlon House
DesertSol is an ultra-efficient 754 sq. ft. solar-powered model home designed and built by the University of Las Vegas Solar Decathlon team. It took two years and a team of 60+ students to complete. It’s now permanently on exhibit at Springs Preserve, which include 180 acres of natural exhibits, gardens, and hiking trails. You’ll see firsthand all the features that earned this project second place overall in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.