Hugh E. Taylor Archives

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This important historic preservation project is funded by the Las Vegas Centennial Commission Grant Program, made possible through the purchase of the Las Vegas Centennial license plate.

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The Nevada Preservation Foundation was made the steward of the more than 5,000 architectural drawings of residential and commercial buildings that were designed starting in 1946 by renowned mid-century architect Hugh E. Taylor, architect of the Desert Inn Casino. Among these architectural drawings are numerous historically important buildings in Nevada including a renovation of the Moulin Rouge, Sunrise Hospital, Wilbur Clark's Palm House (now, The Diplomat), Showboat Bowling Alley, and hundreds of custom and tract homes across the Las Vegas Valley and a scattering in Los Angeles.

The collection also includes photographs and ephemera material from the estate of Wilbur and Toni Clark. As the developer and front man for the Desert Inn Casino, Wilbur Clark's photos include early documentation of the Desert Inn Casino as well as the lost Desert Inn Estate homes. Photos include many famous and infamous faces of the past decades, including Moe Dalitz, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. 


The physical archive is on loan to the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas and is available for academic research. All of the architectural drawings have been digitized and available to view online through the Past Perfect Online Archive link below.