Hugh E. Taylor Archives
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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.
We also acquired photographs and ephemera from the estate of Wilbur and Toni Clark. Wilbur brought Hugh to Las Vegas in 1951 to take over the design of the Desert Inn. 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. Other documents include menus and brochures from the Desert Inn Casino and personal keepsakes from Clark himself. Much of this will also become part of the Hugh E. Taylor Archives as they provide supplementary information on the career of this important architect.
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 along with virtual walkthroughs of several Desert Inn Estate homes. We are also developing several exhibits that will make some of the archive much more accessible to the general public.
This important historic preservation project is made possible by the Las Vegas Centennial Commission Grant Program. This grant program is made possible through the purchase of the Las Vegas Centennial license plate. Get yours today at your local DMV!