After World War II, Las Vegas eagerly embraced Modernism. Hotels, motels, restaurants, banks, churches, schools, civic buildings, office buildings and residential neighborhoods expressed the latest architectural trends.
George Vernon Russell was among the first modern masters to arrive with his 1946 design for the Flamingo Hotel. Wayne McAllister would be responsible for designing the 1952 Sands and 1955 Fremont. Martin Stern Jr. designed new towers for the Sahara and Sands in the 1960s. William Krisel, architect of Palm Springs’ Alexander houses, designed the Las Vegas neighborhood of Paradise Palms. Local architects Hugh Taylor and Zick & Sharp designed stylish midcentury modern commercial and residential buildings throughout the area. In addition, the jet age Googie style was applied to restaurants, motels and auto dealerships in Las Vegas.
Join historian Peter Moruzzi for a fascinating presentation featuring a visual feast of remarkable photographs, renderings, promotional materials and contemporary images of Modernist Las Vegas from the 1940s through the 1960s. Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He is a long-time preservationist who chaired the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee, then, in 1999, became the founding president of the Palm Springs Modern Committee. He has authored six pictorial history books covering Havana, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and now Las Vegas.
A book signing of Peter Moruzzi’s Greetings from Las Vegas (Gibbs Smith, 2019) will follow his presentation.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Peter Moruzzi Collection, Peter Moruzzi Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada Preservation Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Peter Moruzzi Collection.
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