La Concha Visitors Center

Mid-century/googie buildings

Currently pulling double duty as a Visitors Center and the gateway through which guests can enter the Neon Museum’s “boneyard,” the La Concha Visitors Center started out as the iconic lobby to the La Concha Motel, designed by noted modernist architect Paul R. Williams, in 1961.

Its unique design stood out on The Strip during the 1960s-90s where it sat next to the Riviera Hotel & Casino (rest in peace) and the Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge as a striking example of Atomic Age, Googie architecture. Intersecting hyperbolic paraboloids tend to have that effect!

Saved from the wrecking ball and moved to its current location in 2006, the La Concha Motel lobby has been revitalized as a busy center that sells all sorts of awesome Las Vegas memorabilia (of the Atomic Age and architectural variety) and welcomes visitors to the equally awesome Neon Museum.

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