The Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry is an instantly recognizable Los Angeles landmark and a cultural and architectural icon. But in 1996, it was an empty parking lot, and the project was stalled without hope of ever being built. Eli Broad teamed up with then-Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to lead a fundraising campaign to build the hall, rallying generous Angelenos to support not only a symphony hall but also a symbol of the city. They raised $225 million, including $15 million from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Disney Hall opened in 2003 to worldwide acclaim for its stunning architecture and perfect acoustics that showcase the talents of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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