Las Vegas is the new Palm Springs. I’m declaring it. I’m gonna buy me a leetle place. I’m heading back to Las Vegas. I bought my airline tickets last night. I’m going to go to all the activities lined up for Nevada Preservation Foundation’s “A Celebration of Vegas Cool” — Home + History 2018, April 27-29.
The El Cortez is the oldest continuously operating hotel and casino in Las Vegas — it’s on the National Register of Historic Places — and up at the top: the penthouse apartment of the late Jackie Gaughan — a Las Vegas legend and owner of the El Cortez since 1963. A special “Martini Tour” of the apartment was held to cap the Nevada Preservation Foundation‘s Vintage Vegas Home Tour — and I snapped away. Note that, while the El Cortez is known for its Spanish Revival style, the Gaughans’ apartment was keeping pace with the times — built and decorated, top-of-the-line, as part of the hotel’s new 14-story tower in the 1980s. Above: A spectacular Sherle Wagner roman bathtub faucet, part of the flamboyant pink marble master bathroom.Heck yeah there is more →
Bedazzled with turquoise trim, pink flamingos — and sporting a vintage Chrysler Imperial in the driveway — the curb appeal of this midcentury modern house on the recent Las Vegas Home & History Tour only began to hint at the vintage delights inside. An avocado kitchen! Two sputnik lights! Rooms full of mid mod furniture! And three — yes, count ’em — three bars! Come on in for a look — I took oodles of photos. Heck yeah there is more →
Nevada Preservation Foundation‘s 2016 Vintage Vegas Home & History Tour was held on Mother’s Day, and as you might expect, a number of mothers chose to go on the afternoon tour as part of their celebrations. Above: I spotted this three-generations trio touring one of the homes on the tour, a sweet little Las Vegas “cottage.” I asked young one if she was into the vintage and she answered with a big “yes,” saying this cottage was her dream house. Yay: Yet another generation of preservationists up and coming! Thanks, Vintage Vegas fans, for being such great sports and letting me take your photos! Did you think it would land right at the top of the homepage?
Oh. The cottage. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite features….Heck yeah there is more →
Okay, I’ll just spit it out: This was MY #1 FAVORITE spot on Nevada Preservation Foundation‘s 2016 Vintage Las Vegas Home & History Tour. The Rexford, a 22-unit cooperative apartment complex built in 1958. Built like a big oval — with a swimming pool in the middle — this is my retirement dream. As in, Beverly Hills 90210 meets The Golden Girls — that’s where I’m headed! On this tour, we got a peek into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit, with original features, currently for sale. It was an absolutely sweetheart of a space. Heck yeah there is more →
Day #2 of my coverage of the Nevada Preservation Foundation’s 2016 Vintage Vegas Home & History tour and oh happy day, let’s take a look inside this just-about-perfect Desert Modern midcentury modest house. Isn’t the kitchen adorable — and just wait until you see the blue bathroom, complete with vintage foil wallpaper that the new owners were oh-so-smart to keep!Heck yeah there is more →