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Paradise Palms Tour To Showcase Mid Century Modern Style, Design And Architecture

THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th 2008

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FIRST HISTORIC MODERN HOME TOUR IN LAS VEGAS

Paradise Palms is the Undiscovered Treasure of Clark County
Atomic Age Alliance is proud to present the first tour of its kind in Las Vegas, the self-driving tour “Paradise Palms Open House Day,” on Sunday, October 5, 2008.

Paradise Palms is a historic Mid Century Modern neighborhood built by Irwin Molasky Homes and the architectural team of Daniel Palmer and William (Bill) Krisel of Palmer & Krisel from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. This particular tract was the first planned community in Las Vegas. It won the American Builder Magazine Award for being one of the best planned communities in the U.S. The neighborhood is growing as a Mid-Mod preservationist Mecca in terms of restorable P&K homes still at relatively affordable prices. While other communities such as Scottsdale, AZ and Los Angeles and the Bay Area, CA, have embraced Modernism and make money from it, Las Vegas has been slow to catch on. Ten years ago in Palm Springs, CA, Palmer & Krisel homes went for 100-200k. Now properly restored MidMod “P&K” homes sell from 400-800k and more… A brand new custom Mod home by Bill Krisel recently sold for over one million. The tour hopes to open eyes to this undiscovered treasure that lies right in the heart of Las Vegas.

The Atomic Age Alliance is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to celebrating historic Mid Century Modernism and Atomic Age design, signage, architecture, culture and business through ongoing community advocacy, activism and educational programs.

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is a period in the middle of the 20th Century where architectural design reached a peak in terms of aesthetics, engineering and exuberance. The dates are 1945 to 1965, although the era is sometimes extended to the 1930s through the 1970s. Because it centers on the period after World War II it is also known as Post War. The term may also be shortened as Mid-Mod.

The homes of Paradise Palms feature unique Modern rooflines, floating cantilevered fireplaces, open floor plans, sunken tubs, decorative stone screens, post and beam construction, two-tone paint, idiosyncratic decorative elements, spun fiberglass panels, walls of glass, clerestory windows, and quintessential desert indoor/outdoor living.

Paradise Palms began in 1961 as the neighborhood surrounding the Las Vegas National Golf Club. The course has enjoyed an illustrious past beginning as the Stardust Country Club designed by Bert Stamps in 1961. Arnold Palmer set the course record of 63 in 1967 and held that record for 28 years. Over the years it has hosted LPGA Championship Events and PGA Tournament of Champions. However the current owners have announced plans to replace the course with hundred of homes despite their claim on their own website (www.lasvegasnational.com), “The Las Vegas National Golf Club is a true Las Vegas landmark… Steeped in a rich history and tradition.” It now has community wide support of keeping the course as a course. (www.savethecourse.com)

Fifteen homes are shown as examples of original or restorable condition and five private homes are open to tour attendees. Additionally some real estate agents with homes for sale in the neighborhood will have open houses this same day. The tour is free and open to the public, but onsite registration is required at the first stop of the day.

Please check in at 1536 Commanche Drive just off Spencer drive in the heart of Paradise Palms between 11AM and 1PM. Last house closes at 2PM.
WHEN: OCTOBER 5, 2008, Sunday
CHECK-IN 11AM to 1PM
MORE INFO: info AT atomicage.org
www.atomicage.org

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Atomic Age Alliance Meeting TONIGHT Location has been CHANGED!

Atomic-20age-20alliance-20logo-smallI’m hoping lots of you will want to get involved with an organization that’s dedicated to preserving Mid Century Modern Architecture and Design.

Tonight’s the first meeting of the new fall schedule, and we invite you to come out and meet some really great people.

However, THERE HAS BEEN A LAST MINUTE CHANGE IN THE LOCATION!

 

 

 

The new location for tonight’s meeting will be at a pre-renovation home in Paradise Palms:

1536 Commanche in Paradise Palms

7–7:30 meet and greet

7:30 The Meeting

Below is the announcement of the meeting, and the upcoming October 5 tour of Mid Century Modern homes in Paradise Palms.

We hope you’ll make it!

 

Celebrating Mid-Century Design and Architecture

We are Back from Summer Vacation!!!

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER SEPT. MEETING

Monday, September 15th
Meet and Greet 7:00
Meeting from 7:30-9:00

In order to facilitate our tour planning – we will be meeting at the first house on our Paradise Palms home tour, a pre-restoration 1964 ranch style home.
1536 Commanche, Las Vegas, NV 89169
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Paradise Palms Open House Tour!!!

The First Las Vegas “Paradise Palms” Open House tour will take place on Sunday, October 5.
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This first tour of its kind will feature five Palmer and Krisel designed Paradise Palms homes, from pre-restoration, to mid-restoration to completed restored examples of these outstanding Mid Century Modern homes of Las Vegas. The tour also will bring attention to the ongoing efforts to preserve the Las Vegas National Golf Course. http://savethecourse.com/

Homes will be open from 11AM to 2PM with additional real estate open houses until the afternoon.

* If you are a real estate agent and would like your Mid Century Modern listing in the area to be included on our tour map, please contact us asap.
* We also appreciate donations of printing and refreshments for our tour volunteers and participants.

This tour is free and open all fans of Las Vegas architecture, but requires check-in with the Atomic Age Alliance on the day of the tour.

The tour is produced by Atomic Age Alliance and supported in part by Very Vintage Vegas http://www.veryvintagevegas.com

Paradise Palms Real Estate Brochure

Paradise Palms is a Mid Century Modern housing tract in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the 1960s Molasky Development hired the young architectural firm of Palmer and Krisel fresh from their success building hundreds of successful tract homes for Alexander Homes and other custom projects in Palm Springs, California.

“This unique subdivision was the first planned community in Clark County. We used curvilinear street patterns instead of rectilinear. Paradise Palms won the American Builder magazine award for one of the best planned communities in the U.S. “The architects were two young men by the names of Palmer and Krisel. The interior designs were by world renowned C. Tony Pereira.” Irwin A. Molasky

More on the history is here:


United across the miles, we have a stronger voice
for the preservation of our Mid 20th Century heritage!

The Atomic Age Alliance is a volunteer organization dedicated to celebrating historic Mid Century Modernism and Atomic Age design, signage, architecture, culture and business through ongoing community advocacy, activism and educational programs.
We have alliances with the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation and Modern Committee, Classic Las Vegas, Recent Past Preservation Network, Doo Wop Preservation League, Kansas City Modern Committee, and  Portland Modern Committee
Join Globally – Act Locally.

 

http://www.atomicage.org     http://www.myspace.com/atomicage

 

Visit our Message Board hosted by LottaLiving and connect with Modern enthusiasts from all across North America! http://www.lottaliving.com/bb

 

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Atomic Age Alliance To Host Mid Century Modern Home Tour In Paradise Palms

Sunday October 5 will be the first Mid Century Modern Home Tour sponsored by the Atomic Age Alliance. There will be 5 homes open for visiting. Members of AAA will be on hand to point out the important elements of the architecture, design, furnishings, and features that set Mid Century Modernism apart from just about anything that had come before, and certainly apart from all the styles that have been foisted upon us ever since.

The homes will be open from 11 am to 2 pm. These homes are not for sale. The homes are furnished, loved and lived in by their gracious owners.

The Atomic Age Alliance is also contacting real estate agents with listings in Paradise Palms to ask them to have open houses starting at 2 pm for as many properties as can be arranged.

Atomic Age Alliance decided to keep the tour to just Paradise Palms, as it’s the only entirely Mid Mod neighborhood in Las Vegas, but also to help build awareness of the efforts of the residents of Paradise Palms to “save the golf course” from being redeveloped into 500 to 600 new homes which was also recently covered by Channel 8 news.

The tour is only being promoted thru members of Atomic Age Alliance, homeowners and residents of Paradise Palms and the readers of VeryVintageVegas. You are invited, and we’ll announce more details and have flyers available in the next 2 weeks.

If you’ve been telling yourself that you want to get involved in historic preservation, mid century modern revivalism, or just to meet a lot of great people with similar interests…. the next meeting of Atomic Age Alliance will be Monday September 15, 7pm at the newly restored and preserved 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas. The address is 401 S. 4th Street. Monday September 15th, 7pm.

UPDATE:

The meeting will be at  1536 COMMANCHE DRIVE in Paradise Palms! (we appologize for the last minute change of location) 7pm

 

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Atomic Age Alliance Sponsors Mid Century Modern Tour For Market Week Attendees

IMG_6259The Atomic Age Alliance gave a tour of Las Vegas Mid Century Modern Architecture and Historic Preservation to attendees of ”Market Week” at the World Market Center.

 

 

IMG_6257About 40 of the attendees had the opportunity to see such landmarks as the Morelli House, the Golden Steer, The Peppermill,  a thousand neon signs, the last of the motels on Fremont, some of the icon mid-mods of downtown to top it off….and inside tour of the “Caddy Shack”, which is the finest restoration in all of Paradise Palms.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6260The VeryVintageVegas gang, (that’s me, Susan and MaryJoy) were on hand to act as tour guides at the Caddy Shack.

I was so busy talking up the “big picture” as well as the fine points of Vintage Vegas (I never know where the lead for our next new neighbor might come from) that I didn’t get a lot of pictures of the property, but there’s lots of them at here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6261All of the attendees were furniture store owners, buyers, marketing managers etc from around the country. Each of the assured me that the mid century modern revival movement is gangbusters in each of their cities. We’re not alone here in Las Vegas by any means. However, all of them were shocked at the volume of undiscovered mid mod that we have here in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6264If you’re an event planner or interested in a similar tour for your group of 20 or more, the Atomic Age Alliance can help you arrange it. Contact information is on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

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UNLV Goes Brown – Not Green

Today’s guest editorial is by MaryMargaret Stratton of the Atomic Age Alliance. There have been many posts on VVV about Maude Frazier Hall, and the efforts that have been made to preserve it instead of demolish it. If you’d like to get up to speed on the subject you can find them all here.

 UNLV Goes Brown – Not Green by MaryMargaret Stratton

Maude frazier hall under constructionAs of this week, Maude Frazier Hall on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is surrounded by chain link fence. UNLV in the face of highly publicized budgetary cutbacks wants to waste more money by tearing down its first historic building and plant a lawn in the desert.

College officials keep reporting that the building will cost too much to renovate, but as of this date no financial feasibility study has ever been made public.

Scarce Las Vegas History

Frazier Hall (1957) qualifies on numerous counts for National Register Status. The pickings for such an honor in Las Vegas are incredibly slim. Maude Frasier Hall was built by an award winning architecture firm, Zick and Sharp, who have few buildings left standing. It was dedicated to a pioneering woman, Maude Frazier, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and the person responsible for bringing educational facilities to Southern Nevada.&nbs

In some strange way, it seems oddly understandable that Las Vegas reinvents the Strip with demolitions. But for a city with no overwhelming evidence of its past, to tamper with its educational heritage is plain perverted. It certainly sets UNLV apart from almost every other respected major educational institution in the country.

The nation is full of universities proud to flaunt their first buildings, knowing it engenders a prestige that nothing new can ever bestow.

Maude Frazier Hall Adaptive Re-use Plan by Mark E. Adams, originally published at VegasTodayAndTomorrow.comIn November 2007 the Clark County Planning Commission voted unanimously to preserve Maude Frazier Hall. A majority of university regents showed support for looking at the possibility of preserving Maude Frazier Hall. The Atomic Age Alliance online petition showed overwhelming local and nationwide support for this building.
Yet before the year is over, UNLV will demolish its first building to put in grass and an arch? Something doesn’t add up.

Ivy League History by Comparison

At Harvard, oldest institution of higher learning in the , the university president has his offices in Massachusetts Hall (1720). Founding fathers who walked through Massachusetts Hall include John Adams, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. One may ask, what notable Las Vegas citizens walked through the halls of Maude Frazier over the past fifty years?

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Atomic Age Alliance Monthly Meeting On Wednesday And A Special Fundraiser For Maude Frazier Hall Next Week

The Atomic Age Alliance is a volunteer organization dedicated to celebrating historic Mid Century Modernism and Atomic Age design, signage, architecture, culture and business through ongoing community advocacy, activism and educational programs.

We have alliances with the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation and Modern Committee, Classic Las Vegas, Recent Past Preservation Network, Doo Wop Preservation League, Kansas City Modern Committee, and  Portland Modern Committee

The March Meeting:

Wednesday, March 19 7–7:30 Meet and Greet and meeting from 7:30 to 9:30

Location: A private home at 2204 Frontier Ave. (Directions: NORTH ON RANCHO FROM CHARLESTON, RIGHT ON REDONDO, LEFT ON RANCHO VISTA, RIGHT ON FRONTIER)

Next Week There’s a fundraiser for the Save Maude Frazier Hall Effort:

Maude Frazier Hall Rendition From VegasTodayAndTomorrow

The Atomic Age Alliance is hosting it at DESIGN WITHIN REACH in the new Town Square Mall at Las Vegas Blvd and I-215, (next to Fry’s).

 

Thursday, March 27th
From 6PM to 9PM
Please join us for a FUNDRAISER for the
Maude Frasier Hall Advocacy fund
DWR Studio Town Square
6539 Las Vegas Blvd. Suite C-110
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702.947.8100

Suggested donation $100 per person or $150 per couple
***Complimentary Refreshments!
***Lively Live Jazz Entertainment by the Thurston Howlies!
***And a sneak peak at the Atomic Age educational Slide Show series:
“Introduction to Modernism!”

Don’t miss this fun social event for a good cause!

 

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The Atomic Age Alliance Is One Of The Las Vegas History and Historic Preservation Groups That We Support

Federated Employees Of Nevada Building - Las Vegas Nevada. photo credit Alan Sandquist -roadsidepicturesThe monthly meeting of the Atomic Age Alliance will be Wednesday 2/13/2008 at the Italian American Club just east of the Burger King on Sahara Ave and Eastern.

This should be a lot of fun, as we’ll get to do a flashlight tour of the Federated Employees of Nevada building which the Atomic Age Alliance was instrumental in helping to save from the bulldozer.

It’s literally in the parking lot of the Italian American Club. The tour will be during the meet and greet portion of the meeting at 7pm, and then the business meeting will follow at 7:30 to approximately 9pm.

If you’ve thought about getting involved in the preservation of Vintage Vegas, this is a great place to start. If you complain about not knowing anyone, then I recommend coming out and meeting most of the movers and shakers in the Vintage Vegas Preservation Movement.

Atomic Age Alliance LogoUnited across the miles, we have a stronger voice for the preservation of our Mid 20th Century heritage!  The Atomic Age Alliance is a volunteer organization dedicated to celebrating historic Mid Century Modernism and Atomic Age design, signage, architecture, culture and business through ongoing community advocacy, activism and educational programs.
We have alliances with the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation and Modern Committee, Classic Las Vegas, Recent Past Preservation Network, Doo Wop Preservation League, Kansas City Modern Committee, and  Portland Modern Committee Join Globally – Act Locally.

Since VVV has readers all over America, If you know of any other modernist preservation groups that we should be aligned with, please send an email or post a comment with their contact information or web address. 
 
There’s a ton of information on modernism awaiting you if you’ll check out some of the other organization websites that we’ve linked to above. We’re just late in getting started, but what do you expect from the “newist” city in America.

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Atomic Age Alliance Monthly Meeting

Atomic Age Alliance LogoOur friends at the Atomic Age Alliance are holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday 1/9/08 7pm.

AAA’s meetings are always at different fun places. This month will be at theBurlesque Hall Of Fame Museum, in the Atomic Todd Gallery at 1541 S. Main.

The Atomic Age Alliance endeavors to advance the appreciation and preservation of Mid Century Modernism in all of it’s various forms, from housing to commercial space to decor and design.

All are welcome.

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