Mid-century/desert modern houses
For a city that’s fond of bulldozing its past, Las Vegas has a surprising number of neighborhoods that have been designated “historic,” and although that doesn’t mean they’re all of the mid-century modern variety – like Paradise Palms – there’s probably enough here to satisfy those with a craving for residential modernism. Listed from west to east… click on neighborhood names below for Google Map locations.
Scotch 80′s – A labyrinth of dead ends and gated properties, The Scotch 80’s dates back to the 1950s and is comprised of a unique variety of different style homes. Some mid-century modern, most not, but a really nice neighborhood. Former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goldman, used to live here, as did entertainer Jerry Lewis and gazillionaire recluse Howard Hughes (The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers, apparently now owns the former Hughes residence). Bordered by Oakey, Rancho, Charleston, and Martin Luther King.
Beverly Green – This quaint mid-century neighborhood, built during the 1950s by architects such as Zick & Sharp and John Replogle among others, consists mostly of Modern and Ranch style homes. Bordered by Oakey, S. 6th Street, Sahara and The Strip, the southern portion of this district is commonly referred to as Paradise Village (between St. Louis and Sahara) but still considered part of Beverly Green.
John S. Park – Located just north of The Stratosphere on the west side of The Strip, this area was named for one the city’s founders and is comprised not only of 1950s post & beam specials but also homes from the 1930s and 40s. John S. Park historic neighborhood was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Roughly bordered by Las Vegas Blvd., Charleston, S. 10th Street and Oakey.
Francisco Park – Another quaint 1950s neighborhood situated just east of Beverly Green & Paradise Village consisting of simple, modest post & beam homes and bordered by Maryland Pkwy, St. Louis, S. 17th Street and Sahara. Just west of the Francisco Park neighborhood, at 702 E. St. Louis Street, is the oldest women’s club in Nevada, The Mesquite Club, founded in 1912 and housed in a cute 1961 ranch style building.
There are also some sweet mid-century apartment buildings scattered throughout the city, some in varying degrees of decay but one of the nicest is right across from the Boulevard Mall on Dumont Blvd.
For an interactive map of other vintage Las Vegas neighborhoods, visit: Las Vegas Vintage Neighborhoods…and as always, be respectful of homeowner’s privacy.
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