As many of you already know, here at Nevada Preservation Hugh E. Taylor is our guy. Not only was he an amazing architect in Las Vegas, but he also designed so many of the houses that we call home. Over the past two years since Hugh and Priscilla Taylor donated Hugh’s archives to our organization, we have learned that Hugh designed many of the homes in the Southridge neighborhood, several homes on Mason and Strong Avenues, the original portion of Paradise Palms, several homes in Beverly Green, and the list can go on and on. Further, we are sure that as we process and document his archives in the coming year that we will find many other well-known neighborhoods were designed and influenced by Mr. Taylor’s work.
So it was fitting that on March 15 Mr. Taylor was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame at a ceremony at UNLV. As the curator of his archives, of course Nevada Preservation was on hand for this amazing event. But in addition to our organization, about thirty members of the Taylor extended family were in attendance. Several of Hugh and Priscilla’s children and grandchildren live here in Las Vegas. But there were also relatives who came in from as far as Hawaii, Utah, and California. Hugh’s grandson accepted the award along with Hugh’s wife Priscilla. Our only wish, was that Hugh himself – who just passed away last October – had been there to accept the award and receive the accolades. They were a long time overdue and very well deserved.
Nevada Preservation cheered loudly from our table when the award was announced. We had many members of our board in attendance, including Chris Brooks, Bob Linden, Rob Elliott, and Clair Canup. In addition, two of our founding members also attended the event: Jim Laughlin of Frias Transportation and long time NPF donor and volunteer Coni Kalinowski. Lastly, our executive director, Heidi Swank, and our new director of education and advocacy, Michelle Larime, also attended. Priscilla Taylor and her family very much enjoyed the evening and were glad to meet so many people from Nevada Preservation who are equally invested in ensuring that Hugh’s legacy does not go by unnoticed.
We would be remiss, however, if we did not mention one individual who was particularly instrumental in these efforts. NPF friend Kris Shepherd passed away suddenly last month just as the planning for this event was in its final stages. Kris and our executive director collaborated on Hugh’s nomination. Without his efforts, recognition of Hugh’s important contributions to the development of Las Vegas would not have happened. Both Kris and Hugh are truly missed.