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These Historic Vegas Buildings Win Big
June 21, 2021

These Historic Vegas Buildings Win Big

by The CE Shop Team

Sin City’s Most Historic Buildings Hit the Jackpot

When it comes to iconic Vegas architecture, your mind might first go to the Luxor, the Neon Museum, or even the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. The city’s stellar buildings go far beyond the Strip, though. Step inside four storied Vegas structures whose backstories are particularly bright.

Las Vegas High School

Las Vegas High School

Do we have any Wildcats in the house? As it turns out, LVHS has a history that would pique the interest of social studies teachers near and far. The school was first built in 1930 after a former iteration burnt down. The three-story building was constructed in a tasteful Art Deco style and, after nearly 60 years of proms, graduations, and Herk’s Bone victories, it was officially preserved as a historic landmark in 1987. 

Just four years later in 1991, Las Vegas High School was also added to the National Register of Historic Places. Students were shifted to a new campus the next year, and the original LVHS was converted into the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and the Performing Arts. Despite changes to the interior, the school’s stunning facade has remained largely unaltered since the 1930s. Today, you can catch a glimpse of the iconic architecture as you’re driving along Seventh Street or while showing your support for the Academy of the Arts

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

When considering great Vegas architecture, most hotels and casinos seem much too mainstream. El Cortez, however, is the exception. The distinctive inn was one of downtown Vegas’ first and finest, designed by California architect Marion Hicks. El Cortez opened in 1941 and endured a series of changing ownership, renovations, and expansions over the years. The hotel never lost its signature Spanish Ranch style, though. Even today, a whopping 80 years after opening, locals and tourists alike flock to the resort for its rich history, budget-friendly rooms, and iconic architecture. Stop by for a bit of gambling or book a suite for a stay. You can even request one of their original rooms from the ‘40s if you’re aching for a blast from the past.

Little Church of the West

Little Church of the West

Of course, at least one chapel had to make its way onto our list of iconic Las Vegas buildings. Luckily, the Little Church of the West fits the bill perfectly. The chapel was constructed in 1941 by William J. Moore Jr. in an effort to capitalize on the already-growing Vegas wedding market. This chapel was the very first of its kind (i.e., constructed exclusively for nuptials) whereas its competitors had all been converted from existing buildings. 

Over the years, the church has retained its original Old West charm, even amid the construction of so many modern Sin City structures. It is also the only building on the Strip that has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s a must-see for locals and tourists alike. If you’re looking to tie the knot at the city’s most iconic church, take your pick of the Ace of Hearts package ($209), the Neon Lights package ($399), or the Champagne Supernova package ($695). 

The Lou Ruvo Center

The Lou Ruvo Center

One of the most architecturally interesting buildings in Vegas, the Lou Ruvo Center has a rich history to match its glittering facade. In 2007, Larry Ruvo, a local business executive, sought to fund a center dedicated to researching and treating Alzheimer's, which had tragically claimed his father. Ruvo opted for a lot in a development seeking to revitalize downtown Vegas and recruited Frank Gehry, a renowned, Pritzker Prize–winning architect. The center was dubbed the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health, in honor of Larry’s late father. 

The building opened for business in 2009 and has become a leader in the prevention, detection, and treatment of multiple debilitating diseases. Today, you’ll recognize this piece of history from its wavy, metal exterior, a sculptural masterpiece complete with trellis- and wrapper-like structures. This philanthropic building is anything but ordinary, even amongst some of the nation’s most interesting architecture. 

Architecture and Real Estate

So, how exactly do these feats of engineering apply to your real estate practice? We promise we’re building up to something! Understanding and appreciating architectural design styles can help you become a more informed and helpful agent. Taking some time to learn about and reflect on different architectural styles can help you steer clients to the right home, whether they’re seeking a Craftsman or a Colonial. 

Plus, in-depth knowledge of your market is critical as an agent. Nevada’s real estate market is red hot, so there’s no better time to grow y our knowledge, build on your career, and differentiate yourself from the competition.

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