Paradise Village National Register
In 2011, the City of Las Vegas hired an outside consulting firm to perform a historic survey for the Beverly Green subdivision in Las Vegas. The results found that the majority of the subdivision had a significant number of contributing properties towards an eligible historic district. It also recommended that the subdivision be split into two different historic districts, as there are different architectural styles and development patterns that give each recommended district its own character. Paradise Village is the southern portion of the greater Beverly Green subdivision and is one of the areas recommended for a historic district listing. The proposed district is bounded by St. Louis Avenue to the north, Sahara Avenue to the south, Santa Ynez Avenue to the east and Santa Clara Avenue to the west.
After some initial efforts towards gaining support for a local historic district listing with the City of Las Vegas, it became clear that this area is better suited for a national nomination to the Register of Historic Places. The majority of properties in the neighborhood are owned by investors, and a National Register listing offers more benefits for income-producing properties than a local listing. Although there aren’t quite as many protections that come with a local listing, a National Listing will help to generate interest in the neighborhood, and we hope will ultimately lead to a local listing. Outreach efforts can be difficult in neighborhoods where the majority of residents are renters with little vested long term interest. We have worked to reach homeowners and investment owners in order to communicate to them the benefits of becoming a historic district. While we have not had a lot of feedback in general, we do not have any major opposition to our National Campaign listing. We anticipate the designation of Paradise Village will be in early 2017.
Our work in the Paradise Village neighborhood is funded by the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission, who awarded us a $15,000 grant in early 2014 to help Paradise Village and Beverly Green be designated as a historic districts.
Paradise Village History
The homes in Paradise Village are modest by today’s standards. The original footprints of these homes range from 900 to 1100 square feet. However, there is nothing modest about this important housing development.
Paradise Village was designed by Walter Zick and Harris Sharp. Zick and Sharp also designed the Mint, the Clark County Courthouse, and many other commercial buildings and casinos. Paradise Village is the first and possibly only Zick and Sharp housing development. The homes in Paradise Village were designed in three architectural styles — Minimal Traditional, Ranch, and Contemporary. Despite the sizes of these homes, Paradise Village is important to our history because of the innovativeness of some of these architectural designs.
“The modest square shape Minimal Traditional with medium pitched roofs and the more rectangular or L-shaped Ranch style homes with low pitched roofs were common in the United States following World War II. The Contemporary design with irregular shapes and unusual roof lines did not become prominent until the 1960s making the Paradise Village subdivision distinctive for its time.” – City of Las Vegas Historic Survey Report