Casa de Shenandoah Historic Designation
Nevada Preservation Foundation is currently working with Casa de Shenandoah to obtain various historic designations for this sprawling estate, which was home to Wayne Newton for the latter half of the 20th century. The estate has recently been opened to the public for tours, showcasing both the “childhood home” and mansion of “Mr. Las Vegas” himself. NPF is working on both a Local and State historic designation for the estate, both of which are justified by Newton’s immense contributions in the entertainment and tourism industry here in Southern Nevada.
Purchasing the first plat of land in 1965, Newton slowly acquired the surrounding parcels, building his version of the south Atlantic town he grew up in as a young boy in Shenandoah, Virginia. The architecture of the structures within the estate are significant not only as a reflection of Newton’s personal taste, but also because they incorporate much of the architectural styles and trends from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Combined with the significance of Newton himself, Casa de Shenandoah is a natural candidate for inclusion on the Local and State Registers.
In addition to Newton’s personal affiliation to the estate, the site may yield some interesting early 20th century history as well. It is believed that the site is situated on farmland once owned by Yonema "Bill" Tomiyasu, a prominent Japanese immigrant. Tomiyasu's farm provided food for the Hoover Dam workers in the 1930s and the Army Air Gunnery School during WWII. Based on these initial findings, Nevada Preservation Foundation is eager to demonstrate how the landscape that is Casa De Shenandoah reflects its past as Wayne Newton's primary residence during his entertainment career, and its connection to greater Las Vegas history. Having the property listed on the Local and State Registers will go far in protecting its historic integrity for generations to come.