Mid-century/desert modern houses
Southern California architects Dan Palmer & William Krisel, who’d successfully built hundreds of mid-century modern post & beam tract homes in Palm Springs during the 1950s & 60s, were tasked by local developer Irwin Molasky to design a majority of Clark County’s first planned community, Paradise Palms, and they knocked it out of the park.
This progressive 1960s subdivision mostly borders the Las Vegas National Golf Course and is comprised of homes sporting unique decorative block work, clerestory windows and unusual rooflines, all Palmer & Krisel staples of the day.
Paradise Palms won the American Builder Award for one of the best planned communities in the U.S. at the time and was later home to celebrities such as Johnny Carson, Debbie Reynolds and Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal (the inspiration behind Robert DeNiro’s character Sam “Ace” Rothstein in the Martin Scorsese film, Casino).
Morelli House architect Hugh E. Taylor also designed a number of homes here, as did others, giving the area an eclectic look while maintaining its modernist appeal.
If you want to get your mid-mod on while in Las Vegas, a leisurely drive through this historic neighborhood could transport you back in time. For a comprehensive map of the neighborhood, visit: Paradise Palms Las Vegas.
For an interactive map of some other vintage Las Vegas neighborhoods, visit: Las Vegas Vintage Neighborhoods…and as always, be respectful of homeowner’s privacy.
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