In the 1960s Irwin Molasky's company Molasky Development hired the young architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel fresh from their success building hundreds of successful tract homes for Alexander Homes and other custom projects in Palm Springs, California.
"This unique subdivision was the first planned community in Clark County. We used curvilinear street patterns instead of rectilinear. Paradise Palms won the American Builder magazine award for one of the best planned communities in the U.S. "The architects were two young men by the names of Palmer and Krisel. The interior designs were by world renowned C. Tony Pereira." Irwin A. Molasky
The tract is sprinkled with several Mid Century Modern home styles. The homes are standard post and beam construction on slab. Most sit on a 40-foot (12 m) by 40-foot (12 m) imprint. There were numerous models available, but to make the homes look custom, the footprints were rotated on their lots and flipped with a minimum of 3 different roof lines were available: folded plate roof lines, butterfly roofs, ranch, and dramatic overhangs. The homes also featured unique decorative block work and Stone screens and were generally finished in sanded stucco.
"Street side, facades stretched almost the full extent of the 100-foot (30 m) wide lots. Concrete block or extended stucco walls connecting house and carport were intended to add length to the front of the house for a more imposing appearance. Idiosyncratic decorative elements made use of wood, decorative concrete block, patterned brick, two-tone paint, rock, ironwork, spun fiberglass panels, and other materials." Robert Imber, Eichler Network
Stardust Country Club
Many of the homes in this tract back up to the Las Vegas National Golf Club. The Las Vegas National Golf Club enjoyed a rather illustrious past. It began as the Stardust Country Club in 1961 (part of the Stardust Resort & Casino properties). In 1969 it was purchased by the Del Webb Corporation and renamed the Sahara-Nevada Country Club. In 1982 it was purchased by American Golf Corporation who partnered with the Las Vegas Hilton in 1994 to create the Las Vegas Hilton Country Club, and was most recently renamed the Las Vegas National Golf Club in 1998. The original course record of 63 was set by Arnold Palmer in 1967 and held that record for 28 years. Over the years it has hosted LPGA Championship Events and PGA Tournament of Champions. And it was supposedly a Rat Pack hangout back in 'the day.' The golf course was purchased in 2007 by a group led by real estate investor John Knott III. It is currently managed by Harrah's Resorts.
There are also homes by Molasky Homes and Palmer and Krisel on the Eastern side of the golf course off Eastern Avenue. The home used to portray Frank Rosenthal's estate for the movie Casino is at the end of Cochise Street between the #1 and #18 fairways (although his actual home was within the Las Vegas Country Club Estates). Famous residents of Paradise Palms throughout the decades have included celebrities Johnny Carson, Debbie Reynolds, Dean Martin, LaToya Jackson, Dinah Shore, Howard Hughes protégé Robert Maheu, and mobster Tony Spilotro. Former notorious residents currently include VeriSign co-founder Kristian Meier, self-appointed social networking guru and drug dealer Terry Hernandez, renowned labor Attorney John Tofano, as well as politicians and various casino strip entertainment executives. A recent crime wave has unified the neighborhoods of Paradise Palms into a strong-association self governing body.
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- ParadisePalmsLasVegas.com A web site for all things happening in Paradise Palms.
- Save The Course Community trying to protect the historic National Golf Course from developers
- Lotta Living Online Community for fans of Mid-Century Modern Design - has discussions on Paradise Palms
- Atomic Age Alliance Volunteer group dedicated to celebrating Mid Century Modern architecture in Las Vegas