The Most Famous Frank Gehry Designs

Published December 13, 2012
Updated November 9, 2023

Famous Frank Gehry Designs: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Designed in 1991 and constructed between 1999 and 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was commissioned after Walt Disney’s widow donated $50 million for a new concert hall in Los Angeles to honor her husband’s memory. The building was made of stainless steel and polished to shine “as bright as Disney’s mind.”

After the hall was completed, it was determined that the concert hall created a harsh glare that negatively impacted nearby condominiums. Disney’s shining memory was soon dulled.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.