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Could It Be? 2 Mid Century Modern Sunscreen Patterns That I Missed

IMG_7508I’m astounded, but it seems I missed a couple of patterns back in our series of the 50 different patterns. I found this on a relatively obscure cul-de-sac in Paradise Palms. It’s not original to the home and seems to be an extension of the sunscreen that was there from the get go.







IMG_7518 -2The other pattern is merely a block with a single large hole in it. It’s also from Paradise Palms, but this one, mixed in with the champaign bubbles pattern as well as pop out shadow blocks is particularly stunning, though it’s hidden behind a very big oleander.

I happened to make a u-turn in front of the house yesterday and caught a glimpse of it from an unusual angle, which is why I hadn’t seen it before.

The concrete block decorative sunscreen patterns were used extensively in the 50’s and 60’s. They’re in almost every one of the neighborhoods that we cover regularly. A good rule of thumb, is that when you run stop seeing the decorative concrete block sunscreens, you’re not in Vintage Vegas anymore.

If you’re new to Vintage Vegas and want to see the entire series, all you have to do is click here.

Tonight is the COMMUNITY MEETING about the NATIONAL GOLF COURSE and their plans to file a parcel map as a prelude to turning the golf course into a 600 +– home housing tract.

6:30pm at the Cambridge Community Center. Click here to read the whole story that we posted last week.


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The Decorative Concrete Sunscreens And Block Walls Of Vintage Vegas – Pattern #41

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A pretty similar pattern, at first glance, to the one I showed you in #39 of the series. In fact I had only one sub folder that I’d labeled “square in a square”. I had both patterns in it, without realizing the subtle difference.

Just as a reminder, here’s pattern #39 again.

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P6270979 croppedMost of the photos from all of these patterns were taken over a year ago. I’m sorry I didn’t keep notes on where I found many of them.

At the party in Paradise Palms on Saturday, one of the many “unknown” readers came up to me and told me she loved this series. She’s lived in Paradise Palms for years and had never really paid attention to them before. She’s been printing them out as we go and has made a game for herself to find each of the patterns. I’m impressed and gratified.



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The Mid Century Modern Las Vegas Neighborhood Of Paradise Palms Has Some Of The Most Unique Decorative Concrete Block Patterns

Single blockHere’s a favorite of mine that I’ve only ever found in the part of  Paradise Palms that’s north of Desert Inn.

Pattern Number 33 In the series of Mid Century Modern Decorative Block Designs



P5271717I know it’s not really American Indian, but I’m reminded of an Indian Blanket pattern, though I’m not sure why it invokes that thought in my mind.






P7161479It’s on Golden Arrow, in a fence and the picture above is from the home on Sombrero that has the topiary garden in the front yard.

If anyone has ever seen this pattern outside of Paradise Palms, please let me know.




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