Historic Westside Las Vegas Programming
Nevada Preservation moved our offices in the Historic Westside School in January 2017. As part of our service to the Historic Westside community, we offer focused programming on the history and historic resources of this segregation-era neighborhood. This neighborhood is rich in African-American history, and we are honored to be able to assist the community in telling its story.
We offer monthly walking tours of the Historic Westside School. These are free to the public. We are also happy to schedule free group tours of the campus to school groups and senior-focused organizations. We have downloadable brochures, should you want to take the tour on your own. This school is closely tied with Las Vegas' segregation era. If it were not for the efforts of KCEP and the Economic Opportunity Board, the school would most certainly have fallen into disrepair. Today, after a $12.5 million restoration by the City of Las Vegas, the school is now home to several nonprofits, small businesses and, of course, KCEP. It is on the local, state, and national registers of historic places.
In addition to the Historic Westside School walking tour, we offer a walking or driving tour of the Berkley Square neighborhood. Berkley Square was the first subdivision in Nevada designed by a Black architect for the Black community living in Las Vegas. Designed in 1949 by internationally acclaimed architect Paul R. Williams, the Berkley Square neighborhood was built at a time when segregation was common across the country and here in Las Vegas. Berkley Square is on the national register of historic places.
Lastly, during February for Black History Month, Nevada Preservation offers guided tours of the Berkley Square Neighborhood and additional tours of the Historic Westside School. Keep an eye on our calendar or join our mailing list to learn about when these events take place.
Historic Westside School Walking Tour Brochure