The 2014 year was quite successful for the Nevada Preservation Foundation, establishing multiple clients who will carry over with us into the 2015 year. These clients include: The Liberace Mansion, and Beverly Green and Paradise Palms neighborhoods for historic designation. In addition, the Foundation acquired the Hugh Taylor architectural drawing collection and is overseeing the curation and archiving of the collection.
Let’s take a look at the milestones these clients have achieved over the last year as well as what’s in store for 2015.
The Liberace Mansion is currently working on their application for the State Historic Register. Completion of the application is anticipated by the end of March 2015, which will put the mansion on the State Historic Register by fall of 2015. Once the application has been approved, the door is open to begin fundraising and applying for grants to help fund the restoration of the mansion.
Paradise Palms Area I
NPF is currently working with the first of five areas within Paradise Palms for historic designation. Efforts during 2014 included neighborhood meetings and door to door canvassing to gain support and identify opposition. Of 222 homes, 113 signed supporters are needed to move forward with the historic designation process, and we’re more than 50 percent of the way towards achieving this goal. The first area of Paradise Palms is expected to achieve designation by fall of 2015.
Beverly Green Neighborhood
The Beverly Green neighborhood is divided into two areas: Beverly Green and Paradise Village. This was recommended by the city, as the Paradise Village area is almost entirely composed of Zick and Sharp homes, something that was not previously known until the city completed the historic survey for the neighborhood. This was quite an exciting discovery, as Zick and Sharp are well known architects within Las Vegas history, designing The Mint and Moulin Rouge, among other famous mid-century hotel and casinos. Paradise Village is the only known residential community to have been designed by Zick and Sharp, and features cutting edge roofing styles unseen in previous residential architecture.
Within the Paradise Village area, 92 signed supporters are needed to move forward with the historic designation process. The homeowners are 20 percent of the way towards achieving this goal. This area is comprised of a large number of investment owners, making it more challenging to collect signatures and build support. NPF is currently brainstorming on effective methods for overcoming these challenges.
The Beverly Green area is a mashup of various mid-century styles. Within the Beverly Green area, 60 signed supporters are needed to move forward with the historic designation process. The homeowners are 62 percent of the way towards achieving this goal, and historic designation is expected by summer of 2015.
2015 is shaping up to be quite a year, with a handful of predicted success stories for late in the year. We look forward to another exciting year here at NPF!