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Reimagining Downtown Las Vegas (2017)

Photo: Ron Mader, Historic Fifth Street School

Announcing a series of panel discussions, part of Building Las Vegas an initiative launched by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives. Panel discussions take place at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 South 4th Street in Downtown Las Vegas. These events are free and open to the public. RSVP to attend.

Reimagining Downtown
Thursday, July 6 

This panel of experts will examine past and present plans for the redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas as a tourist and entertainment destination and as an urban residential neighborhood.

Curtis L. Myles, III, CEO and President, Las Vegas Monorail Company
Thomas J. Schoeman, AIA, Architect
Donald D. Snyder, Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, UNLV

A Woman’s Place Is . . .
Thursday, August 3 | 5:30pm-7:30pm

This panel of high-achieving women will share their experiences in shaping the growth and development of Las Vegas.

Chris Giunchigliani, Clark County Commissioner, District E
Sharon Hwang, Vice President, JHK Investment Group, Inc. and Chinatown Plaza
Jennifer A. Lewis, Vice President, Lewis Group of Companies
Laura Jane Spina, President and CEO, RAFI Architecture and Design

Turning the Tide: Water in the Desert
Thursday, September 7 | 5:30pm-7:30pm

These  leaders will discuss how the supply, quality, and management of water has affected the Southern Nevada region’s growth and development.

Jacob David “Jay” Bingham, Owner and President, JDB
Robert E. Lewis, President, Nevada Division, Lewis Group of Companies
Pat Mulroy, Senior Fellow, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
Virginia Valentine, President, Nevada Resort Association

Building Las Vegas: Summer Speaker Series


Building Las Vegas is an initiative launched in 2016 by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections & Archives to collect and preserve the history of the growth of our city. The Summer Speaker Series features panel discussions from experts who have helped direct and shape this growth.

Building Las Vegas is planned as a five-year project that will:

  1. Collect oral histories with individuals who shaped our region’s built environment.
  2. Identify and collect archival records from architects, builders, designers, developers, engineers, planners, politicians, and more.
  3. Photograph the region to document patterns in urban and suburban development, architectural features, and the interplay between built and natural environments.
  4. Organize and preserve historical records to make them accessible for research.
  5. Digitize photographs, plans, maps, reports, correspondence, audio and video recordings, and more.
  6. Build an online, searchable repository for the public to access original evidence and first-hand testimonies about the region’s development.
  7. Create research fellowships, lectures, panel discussions, and exhibits.

Collecting Areas

  • Architecture and the built environment
  • Environmental impacts
  • Land use
  • Local businesses
  • Master planned communities
  • Neighborhoods
  • Parks and recreation
  • Revitalization efforts
  • Transportation
  • Urban planning and growth
  • Water management


  • Do the programs include live and archived video?
  • Any recommended reading?
  • Does this series of programs have an official hashtag?

Key Links


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