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How To Learn All About Mid Century Modern And The Historic Neighborhoods Of Las Vegas

 

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Mid Mod Marvels:

 A Celebration of Mid Century Modern Architecture and Design

  

Friends of Classic Las Vegas (FCLV) and the Architectural and Decorative Arts Society of Las Vegas (ADAS) are pleased to announce a weekend of programming devoted to Las Vegas’ rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture and design, October 22-24, 2010.

 

As the Las Vegas community looks for ways to celebrate its rich and exciting history with residents and visitors alike, its significant architectural resources should not be overlooked.  MidMod Marvels is intended to make the citizens of Las Vegas aware of the architectural gems that are in their own backyard.

 

The event will highlight a number of historic neighborhoods and businesses whose architecture was designed by or influenced by midcentury modern designs, including the work of architects Wayne McAllister (El Cortez and Fremont Hotels), William Krisel (Paradise Palms), Paul Revere Williams (Berkley Square, La Concha) and Welton Beckett (McCarran Airport) as well as local architects like Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and others.

 

MidMod Marvels is an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a design era that has, in recent years, resurfaced in popular culture.  Tapping into this current trend and linking it to its historical roots in Las Vegas will ensure a fun, educational, and exciting event with broad appeal. 

 

The weekend’s schedule of events is below.  Tickets for the entire weekend and for individual events are available at www.adas-lv.com.   

 

Friday, October 22nd     The Morelli House 861 E. Bridger Ave.

 

5:30 pm—Living the MidMod Lifestyle” Party: Featuring music from the era, food, drinks, and a history of the Morelli House and its place in mid-century modern Las Vegas, presented by visiting architect and author Alan Hess.  Co-hosted by the Junior League of Las Vegas.

 

Saturday, October 23rd Las Vegas National Golf Course Clubhouse 1911 E. Desert Inn Rd.

1: 00 pm—Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Design and Las Vegas 

Panelists include Alan Hess, architect William Krisel, Chris Nichols and Dr. Robert Tracy talking about the influence of architects such as Welton Beckett, Wayne McAllister and Paul Revere Williams on local architects such as Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and the influence of Mid-Century design on Las Vegas.

3:00 PM-A Look Back at the Las Vegas News Bureau:

The Las Vegas News Bureau helped put Las Vegas on the map in the Mid-Century Modern era.  The photographers captured not only the stars of the era but also the buildings and hotels of the era, most of which are gone or altered way beyond their original design.  Panelists will include:  former News Bureau manager, Don Payne.

 

6:30 PM—Film Screeening: The Las Vegas premiere of William Krisel, Architect, including a question and answer session with Mr. Krisel, the co-designer of Paradise Palms, moderated by Alan Hess.

 

Sunday, October 24th Narrated Bus Tour will depart from the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North

 

12PM—Narrated Bus Tour: A neighborhood tour of the midcentury modern architecture of Las Vegas, including stops at selected houses.  Tour will depart from the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North

 

 

 

3 Day Event Pass
$50.00

Friday Evening’s Reception
$25.00
All Saturday’s Events
$20.00
Sunday Bus Tour
$20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors Include: 

 

VERY VINTAGE VEGAS 100 x 615 www.VeryVintageVegas.com

 

 

 

RV_business_card_logoRetro-Vegas www.Retro-Vegas.com

 

 

 

EL CORTEZ HOTEL AND CASINOEl Cortez Hotel And Casino  www.ecvegas.com

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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The Junior Leage of Las Vegas

www.jllv.org

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Wilsey – A Answer On Travel and Cruisaholics Travel Agency 702–731–2114 [email protected]

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American Planning Association Designates John S. Park Historic District One of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010

BREAKING NEWS!

American Planning Association - Great Places In AmericaThe John S. Park Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Las Vegas has been named one of the TOP 10 Great neighborhoods for 2010.

APA’s flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America’s truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.

The John S. Park Neighborhood is one of the Vintage Vegas Neighborhoods that will be part of the Narrated Bus Tour on October 24. The Bus tour is part of the MID MOD MADNESS WEEKEND OF EVENTS October 22 – 24.

I’m told the City of Las Vegas will be planning an event for the neighborhood to commemorate this prestigious honor.

2010 Great Places in America

Great Neighborhoods

Denver, Colorado

Lower Downtown

Jacksonville, Florida

Riverside Avondale

Oak Park, Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

Lafayette, Indiana

Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood

Frederick, Maryland

Downtown Frederick

Boston, Massachusetts

Back Bay

Las Vegas, Nevada

John S. Park Neighborhood

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hyde Park

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Paseo

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Cathedral Historic District

 

From the APA website, here’s the Guidelines and Characteristics of Great American Neighborhoods

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“The Urban Vibe” – Symphony Park Lecture Series

Join downtown business owners, artists and city ambassadors for next Symphony Park Lecture

Ask Las Vegas locals why East Fremont Street boasts the best bar-hopping in Las Vegas.  Ask the city’s established and emerging artists why they are drawn to dozens of galleries that dot the downtown landscape.  Check out the city’s most iconic architecture that has put downtown Las Vegas on par with other great metropolitan areas. Discover why downtown is the epicenter of cool and how art, design, style, fashion, food and funk are converging to create a sense of community culture in our city.

Join CityLife editor, Steve Sebelius, who will lead the conversation with a fun, outgoing panel of downtown business owners and ambassadors who have made significant financial and emotional investments in the city’s heart.   The next Symphony Park Lecture – The Urban Vibe – is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 at the historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street.   It is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for a wine bar hosted by Newland, Faiss Foley Warren and Inhabit Design, a cutting edge interior design duo. The social hour also features a jazz pianist and an informal vintage fashion presentation by Jennifer Henry of FlockFlockFlock, a vintage clothing boutique inside the Emergency Arts building with hair and make-up provided by Globe Salon.

The presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m.  and features Jennifer Cornthwaite, owner of The Emergency Arts District and The Beat Coffeehouse; James P. Reza, co-owner of The Globe Salon; Brett Sperry of Brett Wesley Gallery; Jennifer Henry, owner of FLOCKFLOCKFLOCK, Dan Maddux, CEO of MEET Las Vegas; Damon Andrews  of Faciliteq;  Andrew Kiraly, editor of Desert Companion and John Curtas, food and restaurant critic.

For more information, click on ARTS & EVENTS in symphonypark.com.

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Programming Notes For The Mid Mod Madness And Mondo Lounge Weekend Of Events

Morelli_Sketch_1I’m very proud to be one of the corporate sponsors – as well as having been on the planning committee with the fabulous folks at Classic Las Vegas and the Architecural and Decorative Arts Society of Las Vegas

 

William Krisel AIA is the guest of honor for the Mid Mod Madness Weekend 

SPECIAL guest of honor is Mr. William Krisel – noted architect of more than 40,000 mid century modern homes and commercial buildings in California. Approximately 300 of his designs are in the Paradise Palms Neighborhood of Las Vegas. We’ve posted the movie trailer before, but here it is again.

Design On Screen is responsible for this and other documentaries about noted regional architects of the modernist movement. I’m featured in the film from when I organized the Las Vegas segment.

The Las Vegas Premier of this documentary is Saturday Night October 23 as part of the Mid Mod Madness weekend. Mr. Krisel will also be on the 1pm Saturday afternoon panel; will attend the Friday evening cocktail party at the Morelli house; and will do a private Q and A following the movie. The complete schedule of events and links to buy tickets are in this post, or scroll down several posts.

William Krisel, Architect from Design Onscreen on Vimeo.

 

Fall Open House of the Morelli House.

There’s something for everyone this weekend. The Morelli house will be open to the public for a free tour on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 from 1pm to 4pm. Phone or email reservations are suggested at 822–6536 or [email protected] .

A special show “Remains of the Day” is on exhibit at the Morelli House

“Remains of the Day” is an exhibit featuring photographs of mid-century modern buildings in Las Vegas that have escaped the wrecking ball and still exist as a reminder of our city’s rich mid-century architectural heritage. The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas has loaned Junior League selected images from its archives, most of which come from the collection of renowned photographer Jay Florian Mitchell. Mitchell moved to Las Vegas from New York in the mid-1950s, and for the following 25 years carefully documented the growth and development of his adopted home. The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, located in Lorenzi Park, is currently showcasing a special exhibit on Mid-Century Modern Las Vegas which includes several dozen of Mitchell’s most distinguished images, as well as period domestic and aesthetic artifacts.

The Mid Century Modern Bus Tour Of Vintage Las Vegas Homes And Historic Neighborhoods

GetImageI’ve written and arranged the itinary of the bus tour. This year the primary focus will be the mid century modern homes of Vintage Las Vegas as well as the historic neighborhoods. We’ve arranged to tour the insides of two very special homes, and one of the finest examples of unique Mid Century Modern commercial – the club house at the Las Vegas Country Club.

 

3 Day Event Pass
$50.00

Friday Evening’s Reception
$25.00
All Saturday’s Events
$20.00
Sunday Bus Tour
$20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mondo Lounge Returns To Las Vegas

Logo_mondo_smallThe same weekend – At The Palms Hotel – MONDO LOUNGE

 

There’s plenty of time to bounce back and forth so you can catch all the events at both Mid Mod Madness and Mondo Lounge.

Mondo Lounge goes on into the late night for some raucous partying!

Famed Mid Mod Artist SHAG is the special guest host for the entire weekend at Mondo Lounge.

Here’s the direct link to the Mondo Lounge Schedule and to Paypal to buy your ticket.

Between Mid Mod Madness and Mondo Lounge we’ve planned a full blown Las Vegas Modernism weekend. We hope to see you at both events.

 

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Vintage Las Vegas Homes That We Can’t Identify –

Our anonymous Las Vegas Historian has surfaced again with a bunch of newly discovered photos of Vintage Las Vegas Homes from the 50’s or 60’s. We’re trying to identify the location of these two homes.

We’ve had other ones in the past, and our readers have always managed to identify the locations of these Vintage Las Vegas homes. This time??

Vintage Las Vegas HomeHouse number one has some clues at least. In the massively huge original file we can see the address of 1599 and the name Jack C. Cherry on the mailbox. I don’t know if you can see it in the image that I had to reduce for web publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Homes In Las VegasPicture number 2 has no clues at all. Can you help us identify this Vintage Vegas home?

 

 

I spent time today running a search through my vastly overloaded brain, but gave up and decided to give you all a shot at it.

 

Both pictures are clickable thumbnails if you want to see them in a larger version.

 

 

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Veteran’s Memorial At Huntridge Circle Park In Downtown Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the final selection has been made for the Veteran’s Memorial At Huntridge Circle Park on Maryland Parkway in Downtown Las Vegas.

A sculptor’s vision that shows soldiers from more modern times as well as soldiers from past conflicts is the winning concept for a Veteran’s Memorial that will be constructed in Las Vegas.

“It’s a salute to our country and to our veterans,” Bill Marion, a representative of the Las Vegas Memorial Foundation, told the Las Vegas City Council today, referring to the work of Artist Douwe (pronounced “Dow”) Blumberg.

The council was told there are no public funds being spent on the project. Although there is no definite timetable for when the project would be finished, Mayor Oscar Goodman said he would like to see it completed by Veteran’s Day 2011.

Read The Entire Story In The Sun

Veteran's Memorial At Huntridge Circle Park In Downtown Las VegasThis STILL puts it at least a year till Huntridge Circle Park will be open for the use and enjoyment of Downtown Las Vegas residents, but at least we’ll finally get it open again.

Circle Park sits in an island on Maryland Parkway, just south of Charleston Blvd. It was donated to the city by silent film star Clara Bow. However, there is a deed restriction that it would revert back to her estate if it ever stopped being a park.

The Huntridge Neighborhood that surrounds Circle Park is one of the oldest, intact neighborhoods in Las Vegas. The homes were built between 1942 and 1944 during the first big population boom that was caused by the creation of the Army Air Station (now Nellis Air Force Base) during World War II.  

All of the stories I’ve done about the Huntridge Neighborhood and Huntridge Circle Park can be found easily with this category link about Huntridge.

 

 

 

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Mid Mod Marvels: A Celebration of Mid Century Modern Architecture And Design

 

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!

 

PAYPAL LINKS ARE BELOW – AFTER THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO EACH EVENT.

 

Morelli_Sketch_1

Mid Mod Marvels:

 A Celebration of Mid Century Modern Architecture and Design

  

Friends of Classic Las Vegas (FCLV) and the Architectural and Decorative Arts Society of Las Vegas (ADAS) are pleased to announce a weekend of programming devoted to Las Vegas’ rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture and design, October 22-24, 2010.

 

As the Las Vegas community looks for ways to celebrate its rich and exciting history with residents and visitors alike, its significant architectural resources should not be overlooked.  MidMod Marvels is intended to make the citizens of Las Vegas aware of the architectural gems that are in their own backyard.

 

The event will highlight a number of historic neighborhoods and businesses whose architecture was designed by or influenced by midcentury modern designs, including the work of architects Wayne McAllister (El Cortez and Fremont Hotels), William Krisel (Paradise Palms), Paul Revere Williams (Berkley Square, La Concha) and Welton Beckett (McCarran Airport) as well as local architects like Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and others.

 

MidMod Marvels is an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a design era that has, in recent years, resurfaced in popular culture.  Tapping into this current trend and linking it to its historical roots in Las Vegas will ensure a fun, educational, and exciting event with broad appeal. 

 

The weekend’s schedule of events is below.  Tickets for the entire weekend and for individual events are available at www.adas-lv.com.   

 

Friday, October 22nd     The Morelli House 861 E. Bridger Ave.

 

5:30 pm—Living the MidMod Lifestyle” Party: Featuring music from the era, food, drinks, and a history of the Morelli House and its place in mid-century modern Las Vegas, presented by visiting architect and author Alan Hess.  Co-hosted by the Junior League of Las Vegas.

 

Saturday, October 23rd Las Vegas National Golf Course Clubhouse 1911 E. Desert Inn Rd.

1: 00 pm—Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Design and Las Vegas 

Panelists include Alan Hess, architect William Krisel, Chris Nichols and Dr. Robert Tracy talking about the influence of architects such as Welton Beckett, Wayne McAllister and Paul Revere Williams on local architects such as Walter Zick, Harris Sharp, Hugh Taylor and the influence of Mid-Century design on Las Vegas.

3:00 PM-A Look Back at the Las Vegas News Bureau:

The Las Vegas News Bureau helped put Las Vegas on the map in the Mid-Century Modern era.  The photographers captured not only the stars of the era but also the buildings and hotels of the era, most of which are gone or altered way beyond their original design.  Panelists will include:  former News Bureau manager, Don Payne.

 

6:30 PM—Film Screeening: The Las Vegas premiere of William Krisel, Architect, including a question and answer session with Mr. Krisel, the co-designer of Paradise Palms, moderated by Alan Hess.

 

Sunday, October 24th.  Narrated Bus Tour will depart from the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North

 

12PM—Narrated Bus Tour: A neighborhood tour of the midcentury modern architecture of Las Vegas, including stops at selected houses.  Tour will depart from the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Boulevard North.

 

3 Day Event Pass
$50.00

Friday Evening’s Reception
$25.00
All Saturday’s Events
$20.00
Sunday Bus Tour
$20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors Include:

 

VERY VINTAGE VEGAS 100 x 615 www.VeryVintageVegas.com

 

 

 

RV_business_card_logoRetro-Vegas www.Retro-Vegas.com

 

 

 

EL CORTEZ HOTEL AND CASINOEl Cortez Hotel And Casino  www.ecvegas.com

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Morelli_Sketch_1

 

The Junior Leage of Las Vegas

www.jllv.org

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Wilsey – A Answer On Travel and Cruisaholics Travel Agency 702–731–2114 [email protected]

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