Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Fresh off their success of Paradise Palms, Paradise Homes began planning and building a second golf course community, Black Mountain Estates, in 1964. Featuring many of the same Palmer & Krisel-designed homes as Paradise Palms, Black Mountain Estates was a first for Henderson – being the first luxury home community in Henderson. Henderson, for many decades, was considered an industrial and manufacturing town, with an address that for many was considered less than desirable to live in. It wasn’t until the 1970s when Green Valley in far north east Henderson sprang up that old perceptions began to fade.
|Las Vegas Review Journal, 04/25/64|
Only a few dozen Palmer & Krisel homes were built at Black Mountain Estates, as by 1965 a recession had all but halted new home construction in the Las Vegas Valley. One of the unique Palmer & Krisel-designed homes found in Black Mountain Estates that isn’t found in Paradise Palms is the Plan 2H. This was the ‘Hawaiian’ elevation of the popular Plan 2 found throughout the northern portions of Paradise Palms. Luckily there’s a well-preserved 2H on St. Andrews Road in Black Mountain Estates. As for the remainder of the community, a vast majority of the lots were sold individually, resulting in an eclectic mix of custom homes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, with a few lots remaining perpetually vacant. As for the Palmer & Krisel homes, a majority of them have been renovated and updated beyond recognition.
|Henderson Home News, 10/29/64, advertising the Model 2H. Photo courtesy Santiago Pin-Ups|
|Model 2H on St. Andrews Road|
Had that recession never hit Las Vegas and Paradise Homes completed their subdivision, Paradise Palms may have had a great architectural rival. If you're interested in taking a look at Black Mountain Estates, from Downtown Henderson take Pacific Street south to Fairway Road. Head east on Fairway Road, and you'll find Black Mountain Estates. For those of you who are purists when it comes to mid-mod architecture and the works of Dan Palmer and Bill Krisel, the following photos may be a little tough to digest. Links to the original Paradise Palms sales brochures have been added as a point of reference.
|Black Mountain Estates - location|
Paradise Palms Model 1 Sales Brochures
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
In honor of Halloween this week, we bring you one of the most frightening items from our discoveries at the Nevada State Museum: Creepy Clown Ads of Fall, 1963. We hear Nameless and Phooey still haunt the former Plan-o-Ramic Model Home complex, so for those of you on Seneca Drive, watch out. Have a safe and happy Halloween everybody!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By late summer 1964, most of the builder tracts in Paradise Palms had begun to close out their models. Americana, Fontainebleau and Paradise Homes were the only builders left. This article from the Las Vegas Review Journal in August, 1964 describes the luxury homes of Paradise Palms a value. Predicted in this article is a rise in home value due to contributing factors such as the impending Parkway (Boulevard) Mall, Nevada’s first enclosed regional shopping center; roadway improvements on Maryland Parkway, stated to be one of the finest duel highway avenues in the west; and a bright future for the area due to all the planned growth.
Our family that admires billboards is back again, this time admiring a Palmer & Krisel-designed Model 14H home, where one could enjoy the atmosphere of the Islands in an exciting Hawaiian-styled home. Home buyers could purchase model homes – including furniture – for quick move-ins. Interestingly, both the elusive 6H and 8E are shown to entice buyers; however only one 6H was ever built in Paradise Palms while no evidence of an unaltered 8E with signature floor to ceiling sliver window and vertical siding has appeared (all other Plan 8’s are well represented throughout our community in both original and altered forms).
|03/15/64 Model 8E|
|03/08/64 Model 6H|
|Lone Model 6H, on Tioga Way|
The final advertisements for Paradise Palms were a marked departure from previous ads. Simplified clip art-style graphics were now used, and for the first time real people were featured in ads. The style seen in the late 1964 ads is drastically different from what we saw with the grand opening ads of early 1962, no doubt reflecting changing times and practices. In the final ad we see that fully furnished models were offered for sale, a practice we saw with Americana Homes. In a time when the greatest entertainers and the best and brightest in hotel and management staff were lured cross-country to fast-growing Las Vegas, fully furnished homes gave buyers an instant start to their new lives in the middle of the Mojave desert.