SHPO FY 2015: Hugh E. Taylor Research and Paradise Palms Units 1 & 2 Survey

SHPO FY 2015: Hugh E. Taylor Research and Paradise Palms Units 1 & 2 Survey

One of our early discoveries in the Hugh E. Taylor archives was uncovering construction documents for Units 1 and 2 in the Paradise Palms subdivision. To this point, Taylor had never been mentioned or documented as having been involved in the development of Paradise Palms in any capacity. The discovery of Taylor’s drawings raised new questions concerning the housing tract’s origins and the role Taylor may have played in it. Subsequently, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), in collaboration with the Nevada Preservation Foundation (NPF), provided support in February 2015 to conduct research into the history of the career of Nevada architect Hugh E. Taylor and his role in the development of the Paradise Palms subdivision.

In addition, the project included a survey of the architectural resources constructed using the plans found in the Taylor Archives. The number and type of resources selected for recordation was determined by mutual agreement between the SHPO and the NPF. The resulting report serves as a final summary of these findings as a result of this research and survey. It also serves as an aid for further research into the career of Hugh E. Taylor and the architecture and history of Paradise Palms.