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Clark County Detention Center

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1981–1984, JMA Architects with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. 330 Casino Center Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

Because the Clark County Detention Center is situated near the county courthouse and only a few blocks away from Fremont Street's casinos, the architects had to design a jail that would not look like one. The 350,000-square-foot, twelve-story facility looks more like an office building, successfully blending with the high-rise casinos and parking garages nearby. Narrow horizontal bands of tinted recessed windows wrap around the vertical cores of the structure. Glazed brick cladding and rounded corners blend with the curved canopy marking the main entrance. Underground passageways connect the jail to the courthouse so that inmates can be moved securely from one to the other.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Clark County Detention Center", [Las Vegas, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 213-213.

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