Historic Locations > La Concha Motel Lobby at the Neon Museum
The La Concha Motel was originally constructed in 1961 on the Las Vegas “Strip,” just south of the existing Riviera Hotel and Casino. The motel property included the free-form concrete shell lobby, and a rectangular two-story motel building attached to the rear of the lobby. The motel building was demolished in 2004 to make way for a new high-rise development, as yet to be built. It was designed by internationally known African-American architect Paul R. Williams (1894-1980), one of the foremost architects of southern California. He produced an incredible number of buildings in his career that spanned almost 60 years. Williams designed more than 2,000 private residences and many major civic and commercial buildings in southern California and elsewhere.