Morelli House Open To The Public November 10th



OPENS Morelli house to the public November 10th

Open House to Feature Fall Vintage Clothing Exhibit

Las Vegas, NV – 22 Oct, 2007: The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) announces a public tour of the Junior League’s mid-century modern Morelli House on Saturday, November10, 2007 from 1:00-4:00 PM. The open house will feature a fall vintage clothing exhibit from the collection of Diane Bush and Steven Baskin. The Open House tour and exhibit is free and open to the general public. Reservations by November 6, 2007 are required by calling the Junior League office at (702) 822-6536. The Morelli House is located at 861 Bridger Avenue in downtown Las Vegas.


Morelli fireplaceJunior League Morelli House Docents will be conducting tours that will explain its architectural features, the life and times of Antonio Morelli and the interesting story of the historical preservation project. The fall vintage clothing exhibit will feature seasonal colors and textures. Junior League members will be modeling mid century outfits and Sak’s Fifth Avenue has generously loaned mannequins for the exhibit. There will be men’s fashions, but the majority will be women’s from the late 1950’s when the Morelli house was built.


About The Morelli House & Public Events

The Morelli House was built in l959 by Antonio Morelli, longtime orchestra leader at the Sands Hotel, and was originally located on the Desert Inn Golf Course Estates, now the Wynn Resort.  In 2001, the League saved the house from demolition, restored it and relocated it to the corner of 9th and Bridger Streets on the outskirts of the historical district in downtown Las Vegas. The Morelli House is listed on the state of Nevada’s and the City of Las Vegas’ Historical Registries.


Morelli KitchenFuture public programs at the Morelli House include a book signing and reception January 31, 2008 from 4:00-6:00 PM for Vladimir Kagan, mid-century furniture designer co-sponsored by the World Market Center and Greenspun Media. In addition, a Morelli House publication will premier in the Spring of 2008 featuring an essay written by Alan Hess, the country’s foremost expert on mid-century residential architecture that was funded in part by Nevada Humanities, SH Architecture and the Bank of Nevada. The Morelli House restoration was made possible by funding from the Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs and by generous donations by Junior League members and the community. Tours of the Morelli House by groups larger than 15 may be arranged by calling (702) 822-6536.


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About the Diane Bush and Steven Baskin Collection

Diane Bush, a local artist, and Steven Baskin have been avid “vintage-everything” collectors for many years, and clothes have been a very special passion for them because of their appreciation of design, history and exceptional craftsmanship. They wear vintage garb everyday, and together boast a vast collection of mid-century (40’s-70’s) apparel and other artifacts from the period.


About Junior League of Las Vegas

The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  JLLV is focused on positively affecting the metropolitan Las Vegas area through JLLV programs and teaming with agencies throughout Las Vegas to empower children, through mentoring, advocacy and education.

Last year, JLLV’s 400+ members devoted more than 5,880 hours of volunteer time at an estimated value in excess of $106,075.20 and provided over $100,000 in financial support to the Las Vegas community. For more information about the JLLV, its community programs and membership, visit the Junior League website at: