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Las Vegas Sun Raises Awareness of Mid Century Modernism – Maude Frazier

Kristen Peterson at the Las Vegas Sun once again is doing a great job of reporting on Vintage Las Vegas & raising awareness of endangered architecture.  Our friends Mary Margaret Stratton & the Atomic Age Alliance, Lynn Zook of Classic Las Vegas, and a growing number of the general public are pushing to save the UNLV’s first building that represents so much more than just Mid Century design.  Read the full article here on the Sun’s website.  You can also Sign the Petition to Save Maude’s Hall.

Thanks to Brian Paco Alvarez, who always makes sure we get the Vintage Vegas Important News Stories, no matter how busy we are with end of the month real estate!

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The Very Vintage Vegas Calendar Of Upcoming Events

Obviously, there’s Thanksgiving, and we wish you all a safe happy holiday.

Below the fold is information on the Samuel Beckett Film Festival, Bank Owned Foreclosures Auctions, Downtown Neighbors Holiday party, Maude Frazier Hall Preservation Efforts, and The Las Vegas Marathon and the St. Louis Avenued Dedication Ceremony.

If you have an event, organization or whatever that you’d like us to help promote, just send us an email, or give us a call.

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Friends Of Classic Las Vegas Fundraiser Tomorrow

This is the final reminder regarding the Friends of Classic Las Vegas Fundraiser this Saturday, Nov. 17th.

This is an Open House/Soiree in a restored mid-century historic home in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. 

The Open House/Soiree is from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at 1905 Chapman Drive.

There will be wine, savory snacks, a silent auction, hourly raffles as well as talks about Las Vegas history by Dr. Michael Green.  Michael Green is a history professor at the College of Southern Nevada and has written extensively about Southern Nevada. He is co-author of “Las Vegas: A Centennial History.”

There will be DVD promos highlighting some of the Downtown preservation issues.

DVDs of The Story of Classic Las Vegas: An Overview, companion tee-shirts and the Mid-Century Guide to Historic Las Vegas Sites will be on sale as well.

Tickets are only $35 per person and there are some tickets still available.

You can call 878-3889 to make your reservation and pick up your tickets at the door on Saturday afternoon.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate Las Vegas History and begin to work together in preserving our history. 

 

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Morelli House Is Crown Jewel Of Recent Historic Preservation In Las Vegas

Morelli House Was Final Stop On The Moon Light Bus Tour Of Mid Century Modern Las Vegas – Part 7

Morelli_2We’ve been reporting all week on our midnite bus tour of the historic mid century modern heritage of Las Vegas. The tour was sponsored by the Atomic Age Alliance and the City of Las Vegas Department Of Cultural Affairs. We especially want to thank Richard Hooker for organizing it and MaryMargaret and Cary Stratton for guiding it. We were honored and privileged to have Chris Nichols narrate, with special commentary from Alan Hess.

Our final stop on the tour was at the Morelli House. It was built on the Desert Inn Golf Course in 1959 by Antonio Morelli, the fabled orchestra director of The Sands. It was moved to the corner of 9th and Bridger and now serves as the offices of the Junior League of Las Vegas.  

Junior League Of Las Vegas Shows The Morelli House To The Public With Vintage Fashion Show

Casual ware and the copper fireplaceAnd yesterday, many of you dropped in on the Junior League’s fall open house.

Diane Bush and Steven Baskin showed their collection of vintage clothing from the late 50′s and early 60′s.

If I’ve ever been called anything, fashionable is not a word that’s ever been used. I really got off on a lot of what I saw so I’m meeting with Diane later today with a few trusted clothes hound friends to put together some vintage wardrobe for me. Should be fun and I’ll report on it later.

 

 

In the meanwhile, here’s some of the fashion you missed if you didn’t stop in yesterday at the Morelli House.  

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The Moonlight Bus Tour – Part 5 – The Las Vegas Country Club

Las Vegas Country Club features Nuclear Power Plant  roof line. The clubhouse architect was Julian GabrielleMidnight’s good for seeing well lit buildings, but it wasn’t so great for seeing the clubhouse at the LVCC. It was totally dark, and the bus was outside the gates on Joe S. Brown Drive. We could see it about 100 yards away, but there wasn’t a light to be found.

I happen to have some photos that I shot last summer and promised the people sitting around me on the bus that I would publish them this week.

The LVCC is one of the finest examples of post and beam and natural material mid mod buildings that I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Inside the curved beams that make up the roofline

Classic Mid Mod overhead and high windows at the Las Vegas Country Club

Dining room beams are elegantly curved

The famous Marnell House on 15th Street South of Oakey was modeled after the roof line of the LVCC. It was one of the stops on our history hunt last summer.

From The LVCC WEBSITE, A short history:

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This And That And The Other

Funeral for Robert Goullet Is Open to the Public

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Frazier Hall Preservation Meeting At UNLV

There will be a meeting with University Regent Mark Alden regarding Frazier Hall to be held Friday, November 9th at the TAM Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The meeting will begin promptly at 5PM the meeting will be for approximately 30 minutes.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Paco Alvarez at 280-3498.

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Desert innReview Journal Article About Vintage Postcards

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Best piece of morphing software I’ve ever seen. Well worth 2 minutes of time wasting.

Reminder: Mayor Goodman at Downtown Cocktail Room TODAY (Tuesday) at 6pm. Stop on by.

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Classic Las Vegas Fundraiser0001Just got an invitation to a Friends of Classic Las Vegas fundraiser at the vintage Vegas former home of Jackie Gaughan, the casino Mogul.

 

 

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Modernism Week Coming To Las Vegas In October 2008

(did I ever mention that there’s going to be a “Modernism Week” here in Las Vegas NEXT October? Huge event! World Wide Publicity etc etc.

If you want to get involved, then read this email from Josh.

Josh emailed me this:

Hello Everyone! Its time for another Mondo Lounge Modernism Week Planning meeting…
Tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 7th,
Mary Margaret and Cary will be hosting the meeting at their swinging pad on:

Lots has transpired since our last meeting.  Some of our subcommittees have already begun meeting and planning.  Looking forward to sharing their developments as well as setting some new agendas for the coming weeks.Very Important
A planning committee usergroup has been established at LottaLiving.com
I highly recommend going through all the active/pertinent topics and selecting the “watch this topic feature” in lower left hand corner of the thread.Select a topic of interest, scroll all the way down the page, and click “Watch this topic for replies”… that way you will automatically receive email updates every time there is a reply posted to a thread.

See you all tomorrow!

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The Moonlight Bus Tour Of Mid Mod Las Vegas – Part 3

As I mentioned in part one, the first leg of the tour took us to some of the terrific motor hotels Todd Motor Hotelof the mid 1900’s. Las Vegas still has a huge inventory of existing ones. The preservationists among us would like to see them saved.

The Todd Motor Motel is one of the best examples of where the owners have embraced what they have and are proud of it instead of embarrassed by them. The pictures I took from the open air bus  didn’t come out very well, so I went back on Sunday to grab a better shot.

Notice, the folded roof carport, the diamond shaped railings, and the wonderful colors.

You’ll also see that I found the “urban landscape” van in the parking lot. I got some great shots of it in the daylight. All the previous pictures I had were done at night. He’s added dozens of new buildings since I saw it last.

Monterey Motel Mid Mod SignA lot of the discussion was about the terrific signage that was a major design element of the modernist commercial school. Also on Las Vegas Blvd, MM pointed out the space ship design on the Monterey Motel Sign. Take a drive for yourself along Fremont/Boulder Highway, and Las Vegas Blvd. You’ll see many great examples that still remain of the neon monuments of Vintage Vegas

Also, on the same stretch of the strip between Charleston and Sahara, you’ll find the recently closed “Garden of Love” wedding chapel. This terrific example of mid-mod restaurant design could become endangered now. It’s definitely on our watch list.

If you’re interested in helping to save these and other endangered examples of modernism, then check out the Atomic Age Alliance. AAA has published a book that was the basis for the tour we took. It’s a fundraising vehicle for group, and I highly recommend it. It’s called  Mondo Vegas, Touring Mid Century Modern Las VegasCurved roofline and overhangs on The Strip and it will help you find all the great buildings and neighborhoods.

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Regarding Frazier Hall

Hello Historic Preservationists,
There will be a meeting with University Regent Mark Alden regarding Frazier Hall to be held Friday, November 9th at the TAM Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The meeting will begin promptly at 5PM the meeting will be for approximetly 30 minutes.
 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Paco Alvarez at 280-3498.
 
Regards…
Brian Paco Alvarez
Curator & Urban Historian

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Moonlight Tour of The Mid Century Modern Heritage of Las Vegas

Cover of Chris Nichols BookChris Nichols author of  “The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister” was a featured speaker yesterday at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. He also graciously conducted the tour along with MaryMargaret from the Atomic Age Alliance.

The Wiki entry on McAllister can fill you in on his life and work and influence in the creation of the strip. His work was a major topic of the tour. He designed the Desert Inn, The El Cortez, The Sands, The Fremont and his first work in Las Vegas, the El Rancho Vegas.

Tour Guide Chris Nichols and Atomic Age Alliance founder MaryMargaret StrattonThe mood on the double decker, open air bus shifted repeatedly from joy for the buildings remaining, to sadness for the treasures that have been lost. Both were pointed out along the way.

The most prominent emotion displayed by those on the tour was determination to save what is left and preserve it for the future.

Golden SteerOur first leg was a drive down Las Vegas Blvd on the way to one of the Icon Businesses of Vintage Vegas. The Golden Steer Steak House is on Sahara, just west of the strip. Red BoothIt’s been there since 1958, and is one of the best remaining examples of what Chris and Alan Hess call the “Red Booth” period of fine dining in America.

Tomorrow, I’ll publish the second installment. I didn’t attend First Friday last night, so instead of our usual week of First Friday Posts, we’ll give you a sampling of what we saw on the bus tour.

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A Very Busy Time For Culture, Art And History In Vintage Las Vegas

This is my own response to the travel and leisure article, the LV Sun response from Kristen Peterson, and Paco’s letter to the editor.

Tonight from 6–8 is the Opening reception for the Vegas Valley Book Festival

Tonight from 6:30–0 is the regular monthly history series from Classic Las Vegas.

Tonight from 6–8 is the opening reception for the new show at the Contemporary Arts Gallery.

Tomorrow Night is First Friday.

After 1st Friday, we’re going on the bus tour of downtown’s historic Mid Mod buildings (sold out, sorry).

I haven’t published yet the notice for the Nevada Ballet Theater Their winter season started in October.

Aviation nationAVIATION NATION Week long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the USAF

The City of Las Vegas Department of Cultural Affairs November and December newsletter is here.

Clark County Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events is HERE

 

I try to do my part in promoting art history and culture. Of course we’re promoting the Vintage Vegas Neighborhoods and homes, and the urban core lifestyle, also. We’re down here living it and working it, and enjoying it.

We invite you to give it a try, even for a single event nevertheless living it.

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Frontier Implosion Time and Date Announced

A hat tip to Paco. The announcement is only 5 minutes old!

Implosion of the Frontier Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to Make Way for
Internationally Recognized Brand, The Plaza

Plaza RenderingDATE:                         
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

WHAT:             
A longtime icon of the Las Vegas Strip, the Frontier Hotel & Casino will be imploded to mark the beginning of the new home of the internationally recognized brand, The Plaza.  Elad Group and IDB Group, a joint venture on The Plaza, will bring the elegance and luxuriousness of the brand to the Las Vegas gaming and hospitality market.  The multi-billion dollar project is set to open in late 2011.

WHO:             
Isaac Tshuva, Owner of ELAD Group; Nochi Dankner, Chairman of the Board and CEO of IDB Group; Miki Naftali, President & CEO of ELAD Group and Daniel Wade, Chief Operating Officer of ELAD IDB Las Vegas, LLC
 
WHEN:                         
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Implosion to take place promptly at 2:30 a.m. PST

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Sixth Annual Vegas Valley Book Festival Is This Weekend

Book fair opening reception announcementWe invite you to join us at the Opening Reception this Thursday 10/1 6–9 PM at the Downtown Cocktail Room.

Here’s The original press release and information on the various events.

Authors, poets, journalists, and artists will participate in the sixth annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3. The two day event, sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs and Nevada Humanities, includes a full schedule of readings, book signings, panel discussions, children’s programming, writing workshops, and spoken word performances, concluding with a closing keynote address by acclaimed author Sarah Vowell, sponsored by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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Did You Miss The World’s Most Quirky Open House?

The VVV gang ( l to r)Uncle Jack, Pam, Mary, Dr. Lonnie, Paco and MaryMargaret from the Atomic Age AllianceI was certainly flattered by the number of VVV readers who sought me out to say hello while I was directing traffic on one of the very narrow staircases up to the 3rd floor rooftop level. I was real busy all day, and my feet still hurt, but it was an amazing experience not only for me, but for the approximately 7000 people who took advantage of this once a year event.

 

 

 

The line didn't shrink till almost 4pm. They just kept coming.

 

 

 

 

 

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But it’s real easy to be there. We don’t spam, but from time to time, we do let people who are on our list find out about things that we think they’d find interesting . To be included, just drop us an email at [email protected] If you get email from us, and don’t want it, just say so in one word in the subject.

Free Tour of Dr. Lonnie Hammargren’s “Home Of Nevada History”

Lh dinosaurThe VVV crew is going to be tour guides, and we’d love to meet you.

Sunday 10/28/2007 from 1 to 5 pm.

Click here for our previous post of the flyer for directions and links to other websites about this remarkable collection.

Moonlight Bus Tour Of Downtown Las Vegas’ Collection Of Mid Century Modern Buildings

Midnighttour2City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs and the Atomic Age Alliance host this mid evening event after First Friday on November 2. We spoke to Richard Hooker and at this moment, there are 20 seats left. We’d love to have some more VVV readers join us. Paco, Ben, Mary, Pam, Steve and Jack will all be on the bus.

In our previous post on the subject, we didn’t have a flyer yet, but here it is! If you want to go, you’ll have to call ASAP!

Click on the flyer above for more information. Only a few seats are left now.

Celebrating the Written, Spoken, & Illustrated Word

A whole library full of events at the Vegas Valley Book Festival November 2 and 3. The bus tour above is actually part of it.

Alan Hess, the world renown architectural historian is among the many featured authors and lecturers.

The tour of the Morelli House on November 10, 2007

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Click Here for our post on the tour of the Morelli House so I won’t repeat myself. If you love Mid Mod, or want to become a lover of Mid Mod, this is a must see.

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Special Events Abound In Vintage Vegas If You Love The Arts, History or Architecture,

The Classic Las Vegas  Road Show Presents:

Entertainers of Classic Las Vegas

Join the man of a 1,000 voices, Bill Acosta and the legendary Pete Barbutti along with some very special guests as they talk about playing Vegas from the 1950s to today.  Find out how things have changed and why they loved playing Vegas back in the day!

Wednesday 10/24/2007 Nevada State Museum 700 Twin Lakes Drive Lorenzi Park

Admission $4.00 (Free to Museum Members) Reception is at 6:00 pm Roundtable is at 7:00

Friday Fundraiser, rooftop of SoHO Lofts this Thursday

10/25/2007 Click Here to see the Flyer and buy a ticket. $50. advance tickets or $75 at the door.

Free Tour of Dr. Lonnie Hammargren’s “Home Of Nevada History”

The VVV crew is going to be tour guides, and we’d love to meet you.

Sunday 10/28/2007 from 1 to 5 pm.

Click here for our previous post of the flyer for directions and links to other websites about this remarkable collection.

Moonlight Bus Tour Of Downtown Las Vegas’ Collection Of Mid Century Modern Buildings

Midnighttour2City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs and the Atomic Age Alliance host this mid evening event after First Friday on November 2. We spoke to Richard Hooker and at this moment, there are 20 seats left. We’d love to have some more VVV readers join us. Paco, Ben, Mary, Pam, Steve and Jack will all be on the bus.

In our previous post on the subject, we didn’t have a flyer yet, but here it is! If you want to go, you’ll have to call ASAP!

Click on the flyer above for more information.

Celebrating the Written, Spoken, & Illustrated Word

A whole library full of events at the Vegas Valley Book Festival November 2 and 3. The bus tour above is actually part of it.

Alan Hess, the world renown architectural historian is among the many featured authors and lecturers.

 

The tour of the Morelli House on November 10, 2007

It’s the next post down we we announced the tour of the Morelli House so I won’t repeat myself. If you love Mid Mod, or want to become a lover of Mid Mod, this is a must see.

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