Photo by Carol M. Highsmith
Frank Gehry is probably the most famous living American architect. His preliminary design of the Disney Concert Hall actually predates his famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, but fund-raising and other problems stalled the Disney project for some 10 years. Laid end to end, the folding, billowing stainless steel exterior panels would stretch for 49 miles. The acoustics of the wood-paneled auditorium are superb.