Everyone knows that the Boulevard has been making history since opening its doors in 1968. What many visitors may not know is that we are only one part of a larger midtown cultural corridor rich in Las Vegas history. One of our neighbors, Paradise Palms, was recently designated as the first historic neighborhood in unincorporated Clark County. Let’s explore why the Paradise Palms Historic Neighborhood is an architectural and cultural treasure for Southern Nevada.
A worldwide design movement, mid-century modern influenced architecture, urban development, graphic design, and industrial design throughout the mid-20th century. Mid-century architecture focuses on clean simplicity with open floor plans and natural light. The outdoors is brought in to open up interior spaces and create integration with nature. One place noted for its abundance of mid-century architecture is the city of Palm Springs, California. It’s a connection with Palm Springs that brings us to Paradise Palms Las Vegas.
From Palm Springs to Las Vegas
It was the 1960’s and the architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel had just completed a large scale construction project of homes and other buildings in Palm Springs. The firm’s next project would be the housing development of Paradise Palms in Las Vegas. Palmer & Krisel would take the iconic mid-century style of Palm Springs and create one of the most unique neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Driving through Paradise Palms today, transports you back to the young Las Vegas of the 1960’s.
Famous Faces and Names
Visually, mid-century modern design invokes a strong connection with pop culture of the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s easy to envision the Rat Pack partying their way through a mid-century Las Vegas. It should be no surprise then that both famous stars and infamous mobsters of that era made their home in Paradise Palms. Many celebrities including Bobby Darin, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Phyllis Diller, Debbie Reynolds, Donald Sutherland, Juliet Prowse, Max Baer Jr., and others lived at one time in the neighborhood. Many casino executives and politicians also made their homes here through the years.
Paradise Palms Historic Neighborhood is just one of the fascinating cultural gems that make up the vibrant and historical area around the Boulevard. The next time you visit our stores, restaurants, or attractions; explore the area and take a drive through Paradise Palms and Las Vegas history.