Classy 1950s-‘60s Neighborhood Began As Homes For Prominent Las Vegans
The application to designate the Beverly Green Historic District on the city of Las Vegas Historic Property Register was unanimously approved by the Las Vegas City Council Sept. 21. All of the Beverly Green homes and buildings are at least 40 years old. Most were built in the early 1950s through the early ‘60s and reflect the city’s cultural and social past. Some are associated with events significant in local and state history.
The district contains 117 single-family and seven multi-family buildings constructed in variations of the now-coveted Mid-Century styles, such as Ranch, Modern and International. During its development, Beverly Green was considered one of Las Vegas’ premier residential areas. The homes range from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet and originally sold for $12,000 – $20,000.
Many of the architects who designed these homes were prolific in their work in our community. The most well-known of the Beverly Green architects is Hugh Taylor, who is best known for his design of the Desert Inn Casino and many of the Desert Inn Estates, included the historically designated Morelli House. Morelli House was moved from the Estates to Ninth Street in downtown Las Vegas and now restored, serves as the headquarters for the Junior League of Las Vegas. The builders read like a who’s who of Las Vegas developers and include Labby Construction and Development, Irwin Molasky, Melvin Moss, Tee Construction, several members of the Mack family.
Many prominent people made their home in Beverly Green, such as Ted and Ann Otis (Otis Elevator Company), Rose and Louis Molasky, former City Councilman Wendell Bunker, and renowned entertainers Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Most residents were prominent civic leaders, businessmen and local politicians.
A result of listing on the city’s Historic Property Register is that all work requiring a building or zoning permit is subject to review by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Most minor work can be reviewed administratively, and there are no additional fees associated with permit applications and review. Work is reviewed for compatibility with the historic architecture of the individual building or district. For more information, contact the city’s Historic Preservation Officer, Courtney Mooney, at 702-229-5260 with any questions.