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  UNLV Libraries -> Architecture Studies Library-> Collections -> Las Vegas Guides and Collections -> Las Vegas driving tours (self guided)

Self-guided tour #8b: Green Valley & Henderson (east of U.S. 95)
1. Sprint Henderson Building
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Map for self-guided tour of Green Valley and Henderson (east of US 95)
2. Henderson City Hall
3. Henderson Justice Facility
4. Emery's Italian Bistro (formerly Water Street Coffee Co.)
5. CCSN Computer and Science Lab, Henderson Campus
6. Lake Las Vegas Resort
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1. Sprint Henderson Building
Architect(s): Carpenter Sellers Associates
Address: 104 Water St.
Year: unkown

This 14,000 square-foot switch office for Sprint is located within the City of Henderson's Redevelopment Corridor. The building reflects design ideas that reinforce the City's desire for a more pedestrian friendly and quaint atmosphere. Decorative canopies are on the building's street side even though no windows are on that fa�ade. The canopies provide shade for pedestrians, reduce the scale of the building, and add visual interest. Sandstone, metal, stucco, and other types of stone were used to create an attractive and colorful fa�ade, helping to set the tone for future development.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 

Sprint Henderson Building

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2. Henderson City Hall
Architect(s): HCA Architects and RAFI
Address: 240 Water St.
Year: 1998

Henderson's City Hall, a massive pink-stucco building, sits at the rear of the site as to not disrupt the small town feel of the Water Street buildings. The offices are arranged around a central exterior courtyard that serves as both circulation and gathering space. By providing workers with easy access to fresh air and sunlight, the hope was that productivity and job satisfaction would increase. The south fa�ade is reduced to only one story to provide a friendlier scale to the residential neighborhood it faces. The existing facility is being remodeled and a 150,000 square-foot addition has been designed by HCA Architects and is currently under construction.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



Henderson City Hall

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3. Henderson Justice Facility
Architect(s): HCA Architects
Address: 243 Water St.
Year: 1994

The Henderson Justice Facility is a three-story building with 113,400 square feet of space containing a jail, two municipal justice courtrooms, offices, law library, and conference rooms. Even though it has the same pink stucco exterior treatment as the City Hall across the street, this building has a little more personality. Southwest-facing windows are recessed and have both vertical and horizontal shading devices to reduce solar exposure. The entrance is located within a circular volume featuring a double-height wall with frosted glass that bisects the circle. The southern end of the site features a small tree-filled park with seating.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003)


Henderson Justice Facility

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4. Emery's Italian Bistro (formerly Water Street Coffee Co.)
Architect(s): Suzana Rutar, (Architect), Evan Vause (Design & Project Architect)
Address: 306 S. Water St.
Year: unknown

This small and quaint building has been a welcome addition to the City of Henderson's downtown redevelopment efforts. The floor plan reveals two axes: one perpendicular to the street and the other with an approximately 30-degree rotation. More room is provided for exterior seating on the covered patio than interior seating, projecting the idea that the temperature is relatively comfortable more times out of the year than not. The pale yellow exterior, window treatments, and roof overhangs seem reminiscent of prairie style architecture from the Midwest.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 




Emery's Italian Bistro (formerly Water Street Coffee Co.)

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5. CCSN Computer and Science Lab, Henderson Campus
Architect(s): Domingo Cambeiro Corp. - Architects
Address: 700 College Dr.
Year: 1999

This 89,530 square-foot, tilt-up structure was designed to be the focal point of entry to the Henderson Campus. The skylight above the four-story entrance lobby resembles the CCSN logo and glows at night, making it visible from U.S. 95. The main mass of the building is intersected by a three-story elliptical atrium with a computer and study area on the first floor. A covered colonnade on the building's west fa�ade leads to Foothills High School, located directly to the south, and reinforces a "shared facility" concept between the two educational institutes. The interior materials and colors were chosen to reflect color found in the desert.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



CCSN Computer and Science Lab, Henderson Campus

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6. Lake Las Vegas Resort
Developer(s): Transcontinental Properties, Inc. (Santa Barbara, CA)
Address: 1600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Year: 1998

The magnitude of the time, money, and effort devoted to this project is what makes it a worthy stop on the driving tour. Construction began on the 2,065-acre residential and golf community in 1989 to create a man-made lake to become the centerpiece of the resort and residential wonder. The Las Vegas wash is channeled underneath the lake that measures approximately 2 miles long and reaches a maximum depth of 145 feet. The largest structure on the site so far is the Hyatt Regency, which features 496 rooms, fine dining, spa, and its own golf course. The Mediterranean style architecture of the hotel and many of the surrounding housing developments is meant to be reminiscent of old Italy. A bridge similar to Florence's famous Pontevecchio houses some of The Ritz-Carlton rooms and spans a tip of the lake. The Resort is located about 17 miles east of McCarran International Airport.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).




Lake Las Vegas Resort


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Prepared May, 2003 by Liz Fuentes, UNLV School of Architecture Graduate Student
Sources:
Anderton, Frances, and John Chase. Las Vegas: A Guide to Recent Architecture. London: Ellipsis London Limited, 1997
Nevada Design Awards materials from the American Institute of Architects, Las Vegas Chapter.
Nicoletta, Julie. Buildings of Nevada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Vause, Evan. �Re: Library Comments.� E-mail to Jeanne Brown. 19 December 2003.



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