Just over two months ago, the Nevada Preservation Foundation began working with our first client: the Beverly Green Neighborhood. The City of Las Vegas had recently completed the final phase the historic survey of this neighborhood just off the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. They found that it had two areas that qualify for consideration for the city’s historic preservation designation: Paradise Village and Beverly Green.
Paradise Village is comprised of 189 houses between St. Louis and Sahara Avenues. Beverly Green is located between St. Louis and Oakey Avenues. It is comprised of 125 homes and carries the Beverly Green name that is used generally to refer to the entire neighborhood.
Paradise Village, although it is comprised of comparatively more modest homes than Beverly Green, may be one of the more important neighborhoods in our city. The area that was recommended for historic designation includes the following streets: Santa Clara, Santa Paula, Santa Rita, Santa Rosa, Santa Ynez, and the west side of Van Patten Place. Some of these homes appear to have been designed between 1950 and 1954 by Zick and Sharp as well as John Replogle. While John Replogle is less well known than Zick and Sharp – who were extremely prolific Las Vegas mid-century architects – his homes were included in the historic district because they appear to be borrowing heavily from some of the architectural styles that the larger portion of Paradise Village demonstrates.
According to Logan Simpson Design who conducted the survey for the City:
The residential properties documented in Phase III Beverly Green Neighborhood [i.e. Paradise Village] predominantly consist of three architectural styles – Minimal Traditional, Ranch, and Contemporary. … The modest, square-shaped Minimal Traditional with medium pitched roofs and the more rectangular or L-shaped Ranch style with low-pitches roofs were common in the United States following World War II. The Contemporary design with irregular shapes and unusual rooflines did not become prominent until the 1960s, making those homes found within [Paradise Village] distinctive for their time.
If you drive Paradise Village, you will see these forward thinking Contemporary homes on almost every street. To think that some of these were built as early as 1950 highlights how modern this little neighborhood must have looked at that time. Paradise Village, with its 900 to 1,500 square foot homes, is an important cultural resource that with historic designation could be here for years to come.
Immediately north of Paradise Village is the Beverly Green Tract. Unlike Paradise Village, the homes in Beverly Green are generally larger – often 1,500 square feet and up. In addition, the majority are custom homes not tract homes. According to Logan Simpson Design, the homes in Beverly Green fit into two subcategories of the Contemporary style of mid-century architecture: Modern style, with flat- or low-pitched roofs, and gabled Ranch style. There are also several multi-family buildings along Rexford Avenue that are included in the district. These are in the Contemporary and International styles.
The Beverly Green historic district boundaries are Oakey and St. Louis Avenues, with Sixth Street and Rexford Avenue making up the East and West boundaries, respectively. Interestingly, this proposed historic district is, like Paradise Village, comprised of two developments. The northern portion including as far south as Canosa Avenue was developed by Federal Homes and relied upon various well-known architects, such as Hugh Taylor, Jim McDaniel, and Jack Belcher. Don Van Camp designed sixteen of the homes in the Federal Homes development but interestingly no further information on his career could be found by Logan Simpson Design.
The second development was called the Beverly Green Estate Homes. The houses in this development are located on Bonita Avenue, the north side of St. Louis Avenue as well as those homes on Beverly and Sixth between Canosa and St. Louis. In general, these lots are slightly smaller than the others in this district but share in the same architectural style – mainly Contemporary Ranch – as the others. All of these homes were designed by David Freedman whose practice was based out of Beverly Hills.
These two proposed districts – Paradise Village and Beverly Green – are moving through the process of getting historic designation. In December, volunteers from these districts finished compiling a list of homes that are owner occupied and those that are owned by investors. In the coming weeks, the Nevada Preservation Foundation will be completing our application for a historic preservation grant that will help to pay for educational materials for these two sets of owners. We have developed informational packets that explain the benefits and process of historic designation. One is aimed at homeowners and the other at investment owners.
Beverly Green residents have done a great job so far in getting the needed protections for this architecturally and culturally important neighborhood. If you would like to help us in this effort, we invite you to become a member of the Nevada Preservation Foundation. Your membership will not only help in defraying the costs of necessary educational materials, but it will keep you in the loop for upcoming volunteer opportunities.