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Keep Memory Alive Event Center—A Building to Remember

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I recently visited the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Next to the nearly completed Smith Center for the Performing Arts in the community of Symphony Park, this Frank Gehry-designed building is more of an art experience than a mere building.

The Event Center has a totally unique contemporary architecture and is an impressive venue for events. It has 199 cascading angled windows (all different shapes and sizes) that roll all the way to the floor, providing a myriad of shadows and sunlight. The all-white interior can be accented with different colors of lighting for a shimmering effect.

The draped steel façade is composed of 560 unique panels. The individual panels weigh between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds each. The skin is supported by a series of columns and supports attached directly to the building.

Frank Gehry—Architect Extraordinaire

Lou Ruvo Brain CenterVanity Fair labeled Gehry “the most important architect of our age.” The buildings he designed have become tourist attractions. Some of his most famous works are the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. His own home in Santa Monica, California has also become a tourist attraction.

A Full Service Event Venue

The Keep Memory Alive Event Center can seat 300, and has room for 700 for a standing reception. The on-site kitchen provides world-class cuisine and catering, exceptional wines, and extraordinary personalized service. They provide onsite catering and alcohol is allowed.

State of the art audio and visual technology top off the amenities.  The Center is open for public rental.

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Elizabeth Crane

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