*** The Preservation Press email incorrectly shows this as a free event. Our apologies for the confusion.
The Nevada Preservation Foundation invites you to attend our first of many annual Home Tours! As many of you know, May is Historic Preservation Month nationwide. As part of these national festivities, NPF will be hosting an afternoon of historic open houses. There will be approximately a dozen or so homes that will be open for your perusal all afternoon on Sunday, May 3.
The event will kick off courtesy of the Las Vegas Junior League, who will open the doors of the Historic Antonio Morelli House from noon until 1:00pm. During this time, Home Tour 2015 attendees can check in and pick up their guide and goodies for the afternoon. If you want to chance it and wait until the day of the event, you might also be able to pick up a last minute ticket!
In addition to checking in for this self-driving tour, noted architect and historian Alan Hess will give a presentation from 12:15 – 12:45 in the backyard of the Morelli House. We are excited to have Mr. Hess with us to kick off our inaugural Home Tour.
You can learn more about Alan Hess and his work on his website: http://alanhess.net/
At the conclusion of the kickoff event, we will all say our thank yous to Mr. Hess and the Junior League and take off on our own for a lovely spring afternoon of perusing some wonderful local homes. Our aim in this year’s Home Tour is to highlight the diversity of mid-century homes that exist in our community. These homes range from Mid-Century Modest to Mid-Century Magnificent, from a 1940s bungalow to 1960s desert modern. Our goal is to include homes whose exteriors are mostly original, but with a variety of interiors. In the guide that you will receive upon check-in, each home will be marked as Original, Restored, Renovated and/or In Progress. We encourage you to take a look at homes across all of these classes. You never know what ideas you might find for your house! We are in the process of finalizing the homes that will be included in our inaugural Home Tour. If there is one that you think MUST be on the tour, do drop us a line!
When you arrive at a Home Tour 2015 house, there will be a docent on hand to answer questions about the home and provide you with information. You will need to show proof that you purchased a ticket, which will be provided in your check-in packet. The Home Tour 2015 guide will include a map where the houses are located and each will have a yard sign in the front yard marking it as an NPF Home Tour house. The homes on the tour will be open for visitation from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and there will be a limit of fifteen attendees at a time inside a home.
In the coming weeks, NPF will also reveal a VIP Home Tour 2015 experience. With the purchase of a VIP ticket, fifteen attendees will enjoy a Mid-Century Martini Tour at an exclusive rarely seen home. This guided tour will take place at 4:30 and will last approximately 30 minutes. You will receive a commemorative martini glass and your choice of a martini or non-alcoholic cosmopolitan to sip on during the tour. Check your email and our website. We will let you know when the tickets are available!
The Nevada Preservation Foundation would like to thank the Junior League of Las Vegas and architect Alan Hess for their support of our inaugural Home Tour! We are looking forward to making this an annual event highlighting not only our important residential architecture but our wonderful historic commercial buildings as well.
We are looking forward to enjoying this event with all of you!