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Special weekend highlights historic architecture in Las Vegas

Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 24, 2017

Nevada Preservation Foundation's Home + History Las Vegas (HHLV) weekend is happening this year from April 28 to 30.

The purpose of the weekend is to help promote, educate and advocate for the preservation of Las Vegas' architecture.

This year's events include:

Welcome reception
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Historic Westside School. Cost is $30. Proceeds benefit Paradise Palms II.

Neon Cocktail Bus Tour (Neon Museum)
Ride a double-decker bus while enjoying cocktails and learning about the history of Las Vegas. 8 to 10 p.m. April 28 and 29. Cost is $60.

The "Magic Hour" of Fremont Street Walking Tour
The twilight walking tour starts with a complimentary cocktail at El Cortez. 5 to 7 p.m. April 29. Cost is $20.

A Tale of Two Neighborhoods Bus Tour
Check out the unique architecture to be found in 2 westside Vegas neighborhoods while riding on a double-decker bus tour. Noon to 2 p.m. April 29. Cost is $40.

Family Feud: Havana V. Las Vegas in the 1950s (Mob Museum)
Author and historian Peter Moruzzi will talk about organized crime and hotel-casino development during the heyday of Las Vegas. Paired with a complimentary whiskey tasting. 1 to 3 p.m. April 29. Cost is $40.

Hugh E. Taylor: Las Vegas's Midcentury Master
A free talk on the life and designs of Hugh E. Taylor, prolific architect of the Desert Inn Casino, as well as hundreds of midcentury residential homes in Las Vegas. 11 a.m. to noon April 29.

Institutionally Modern Bus Tour
Check out churches, banks, schools and other civic institutions from early to midcentury Las Vegas. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 29. Cost is $40.

Photography: The Amazing Legacy of Julius Shulman Free
Enjoy Julius Shulman's photography of midcentury architecture. 2:30 to 4:30 April 29. Free admission.

Modernism with a Twist! (The Morelli House)
Modernism with a Twist explores surprising concepts related to music, food and midcentury culture and is paired with a tour of the Morelli House and a pre-dinner glass of wine. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 29. Cost is $25.


Vintage Vegas Home Tour
Take a tour of 10 amazing midcentury homes, ranging from original and restored to fully updated. Self-directed tour. Multiple start times. Cost is $45.

Phoenix House Tour
The Phoenix is a stunning example of how to rehab and modernize a down-on-its-luck midcentury home. Multiple start times on April 29. Cost is $25.

Martini Tour of Liberace Mansion
Enjoy specialty martinis while taking a tour of the Liberace Mansion from 7 to 9 p.m. April 29. Cost is $65.

HHLV After-party at Golden Steer
Gather at the historic Golden Steer for an after-party from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30. 6 to 8 p.m. No admission.

The majority of the events take place in or are a short distance away from historical downtown Las Vegas. The Downtown Grand, Golden Nugget, and Golden Gate hotels are offering special rates for those who will be in town for the special weekend.

The Nevada Preservation Foundation was founded in late 2013 by a small group of local Vegas preservationists.