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2017 News

June 25 - Where the past resides: Touring local neighborhoods with historical patina

"Whether the distinction is on the local or national level, historic areas are especially precious in Las Vegas, and some of them are hiding in plain sight."

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June 13 - The old El Portal theatre to become a tavern

“There’s a really great quote I often like to use and it’s, ‘Buildings are like memories that we can touch’,” said Michelle Larime with Nevada Preservation Foundation. “Really when you visit a city, or even live in a city, your built landscape is really how you identify with that environment.”

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May 29 - History lives on in Vegas' mid-century modern homes

"They don’t announce their presence loudly but, rather, by subtle, telltale clues. Weeping mortar. Horizontal lines. Tar and gravel roofs. Carports instead of garages. Artful melding of brick and wood and stone. Decorative block. Even a pink flamingo in the yard, which might suggest the owner has a sense of humor, too."

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May 8 - 1962 Home featured in Nevada Preservation Foundation's downtown home tour

“There is a lot of great history here,” said Heidi Swank, NPF founder and executive director. “It may not go back 100 years but at some point it becomes history. We want people to see that.”

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April 27 - The Nevada Preservation Foundation is hosting one awesome open house

"Over the past decade or so, attitudes toward architecture in Las Vegas have shifted. Perhaps it was a new appreciation of our history as we passed our centennial, or maybe it’s a realization that the currently favored mid-century modern aesthetic is heavily represented in our neighborhoods."

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April 18 - Vegas modernism off the Strip, mapped

"But look beyond the neon, and the city of Vegas has its own story and architecture, buildings that tell the story of how a small desert town blossomed and boomed in the 20th century. This list, compiled with help from the Nevada Preservation Foundation isn’t filled with the work of modern-day starchitects, but instead highlights 20th century designers, local architects, and some of the lesser-known examples of how modernism made its mark throughout the rest of the city."

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April 17 - Midcentury Las Vegas' under-appreciated architect gets a second look

"Taylor’s design for the Desert Inn, a bellwether building that helped usher in the more flashy, neon-drenched Vegas to which most Americans are accustomed, was his most high-profile project. But his true legacy may be helping slowly ushering in modern architectural style, however gradually, to this desert town via a series of extensive residential projects."

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March/April Issue - Las Vegas history finds its way home

"But just off Las Vegas Boulevard—in the shadow of the Stratosphere—are a number of neighborhoods serving as a reminder of the past. The homes are distinctive in design, built just after World War II as the city transformed from a dusty old town with a handful of hotels to the bright neon and glitter of post-war Las Vegas."

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January 23 - Home and History weekend to celebrate Las Vegas architecture

"The celebration of Southern Nevada's roots aims to promote cultural tourism along with raising awareness of the preservation cause."

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2016 News

November 17 - East valley neighborhood designated by Las Vegas City Council as historic

“My husband and I fell in love with this neighborhood six years ago,” said Poly Schmitt. “We thought it would be amazing to live in the heart of the city. It just felt magical. We have the Stratosphere practically in our backyard. We get to watch the fireworks.”

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October 14 - Las Vegas' storied Beverly Green neighborhood makes history

"In the 1950s and ‘60s, Beverly Green was one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Las Vegas. The houses there were designed by prominent architects, built by well-known builders, and occupied by notable people."

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August 15 - Home sweet history: Preservationists focus on old Vegas neighborhoods

las-vegas-sun-logo“Just as libraries and walkable markets improve residents’ lives, so does meaningful architecture, she [Christina Morris of the National Trust] said. Buildings, structures and neighborhoods can evoke emotional responses, usually due to the history they embody. So preservation goes hand in hand with quality of life.”

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August 14 - Beverly Green neighborhood looks to its past for its future


“In a city known for perpetual reinvention, one Las Vegas neighborhood is embracing its storied past and taking steps to preserve it.”

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June 20 - Inside Las Vegas casino legend Jackie Gaughan’s penthouse apartment at the El Cortez

"The El Cortez is the oldest continuously operating hotel and casino in Las Vegas — it’s on the National Register of Historic Places — and up at the top: the penthouse apartment of the late Jackie Gaughan — a Las Vegas legend and owner of the El Cortez since 1963."

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May 16 - Retro cool

“Spread across two neighborhoods, downtown and Paradise Palms, the 10 homes showed a range of approaches to restoration — from a gut remodel to a condo that appeared unchanged since the Atomic Age, complete with a General Electric push-button cooktop and “I Love Lucy”-style twin beds.”

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March 24 - More historic neighborhoods in sight for Las Vegas

"Some people don’t think Las Vegas has any real history it likes to keep around – just look at how many casinos have literally gone up in smoke to make way for the next new thing."

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February 23 - Making it home: Urban renewal in central and downtown Las Vegas

“People think getting a historic designation is just a touchy-feely thing, but there are good economic reasons for doing so, too,” says Swank.

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January 8 - Why Paradise Palms real estate is hotter than ever

"For residents of Las Vegas’s inner-east-side Paradise Palms, the seemingly endless swell of attention for their neighborhood is perfectly justified. The community’s space-age swank is in high demand, synonymous as it is with the romanticized heyday of the city."

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2015 News

December 9 - A pulse-checking effort aims to save Reed Whipple Center

"Designed and built in the International Style in the early 1960s as a Mormon Stake center, it was sold to the city for $1 million in 1970 and eventually used as a cultural center with a gallery, classrooms, offices, an art studio and a theater hosting the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre—a place entrenched in the community that elicits memories from respondents to the online petition about everything from moving plays to first dance classes."

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October 6 - Preserving Las Vegas neighborhoods a growing practice

reviewjournal-sq-logo“And in unincorporated Paradise Palms, where groovy 1960s homes once housed celebrities and mobsters, residents hope to create Clark County's first Historic Neighborhood. Once derided as outdated and gaudy, the houses now play host to Mad Men-style cocktail parties where neighbors show off their Midcentury decor.”

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April/May Issue - Fabulous midcentury Las Vegas

"As the valley experienced its first boom in the post-World War II era, tract home developments were built along tree-lined streets surrounding downtown Vegas, evolving from tidy Tudor-style cottages and minimal traditional homes to more expansive ranch-style houses. Today, spurred by the rapid pace of downtown redevelopment, these historic homes are in high demand from both new residents and investors alike."

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2014 News

March 4 - Historic preservation: Good for the soul, and the wallet, too

"Most of Downtown Las Vegas’ residential neighborhoods—with a few exceptions—have moved from merely being “vintage” to actually “historic.” What does this mean for the influx of people looking to purchase a home Downtown?"

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