In Preparation forÂ this Sundayâ€™s Tour Of Mid Century Modern HomesÂ In Paradise Palms, I thought you might like to read up onÂ the subject.Â Â Â
The truth isâ€¦The Modernism revival movementÂ is just barely starting to catch on in Las Vegas. Almost all of the homes built pre 1970 fit into the broad category of modernism. Thereâ€™s a few homes from the late 30â€™s and early 40â€™s that predate modernism that are still around (especially, for example in the John S. Park Historic Neighborhood and Huntridge), but post war to 1970, it was almost ALL modernist.
Modernism wasnâ€™t just post and beam and flat or low pitched roof lines. Palm Springs Modern styled homes which abound thru Las Vegas neighborhoods such as Scotch 80â€™s and Marycrest and Crestview and Paradise Palms,Â but the ubiquitous ranch house and rambler also were an important part of modernism.Â The Rancher and The Rambler werenâ€™t quite as obviously modern from the street view. Their modernism was moreÂ visible from theÂ back of the home, and in the conceptsÂ of opening up the interior space, and merging theÂ backyard with the living area was certainlyÂ in keeping with the language of modernism. Neighborhoods such as McNeil have some of the best ranches and ramblers in Las Vegas, but they exist in almost all of our historic neighborhoods.
The MID CENTURY MODERN REVIVAL MOVEMENT is catching on all over the country.
California, naturally has led the way.Â But the last two years of â€œhousing bustâ€ has opened up a new set of opportunities for a whole new set of modernist enthusiasts all over the country, but ESPECIALLY here in Las Vegas. Believe it or not, (and IÂ certainly do) the combination of modernist revival and the fact that almost all of the mid century modern homesÂ in Las Vegas are withinÂ 10 minutesÂ of the STRIP, downtown, airport and UNLV will cause the historic neighborhoods to turn around first. Bet on it!
That said, hereâ€™s some reading for you to get you prepared for the tour this Sunday.
The EichlerNetwork ought to be your first stop.
Thereâ€™s a great write up and introduction to Palmer and Krisel, the architects of Paradise Palms at the Palm Springs Modern Page of the Eichler Network. Their House Doctor Page has tons of great information about restoration.
Thereâ€™s 1000â€™s more sites out there and a lotta learning to do. If youâ€™ve got a favorite book, magazine, website or blog that youâ€™d like to share, please leave the info in the comments. Â
Do some reading, and then come to the Paradise Palms Tour This Sunday.Â I think youâ€™ll like what you see.