Unveil the impact of architect Paul Revere Williams in Nevada throught three innovative programs.
As a part of a suite of programs made possible through the partnership between the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, The Neon Museum and the Nevada Preservation Foundation, explore and celebrate the contributions of architect Paul Revere Williams in Nevada.
Las Vegas, Nev. (January 15, 2023) – Discover the first licensed African American architect to work in the western region of the United States and whose contributions to the built environment of Las Vegas can still be experienced today. Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) was the first black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal and designed many iconic structures in Las Vegas, including the La Concha Motel (now a part of The Neon Museum), the Guardian Angel Cathedral, and Berkeley Square.
Inspired by the exhibition Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams In Nevada organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and on display at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, the public is invited to attend a series of programs on February 17-18 that celebrate the many contributions of this celebrated architect in the Silver State. These programs have been made possible through an innovative partnership between four institutions: the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, The Neon Museum and the Nevada Preservation Foundation.
Through the Lens: Honoring the Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada
Friday, February 17, 4 pm
Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
FREE – Advanced Registration Required
This two-hour program invites historians, scholars and contemporary photographer Janna Ireland to discuss the architectural legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada. Guests will hear from contemporary photographer Janna Ireland, independent curator and former Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Brooke Hodge, and Nevada historians Dr. Alicia Barber and Claytee White. Special guests include exhibition curator, Carmen Beals, Associate Curator and Outreach Manager, Nevada Museum of Art, Aaron Berger, Executive Director of The Neon Museum and Hollis J. Gillespie, Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.
STEAM Saturday: Celebrating Architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA
Saturday, February 18, 10 am - noon
The Neon Museum
Advanced Registration Required for Admission
STEAM Saturdays offer fun and hands-on set of activities, presentations and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking. Join us in celebrating renowned architect Paul Revere Williams. Using inspiration from his designs, sketch the front view of your dream home and create its floor plan. Williams designed almost every type of building you would find in a community. Choose your favorite and reconstruct or redesign it! Join in the scavenger hunt, building stations, and a reading corner featuring Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams by Andrea J. Loney.
$5 for attendees age 7 and up, children 6 and under are free. Members are FREE. Museums for All guests are FREE with EBT/SNAP/WIC or foster placement letter and valid ID. Advance registration is highly recommended.This series is offered each month to families every second Saturday from 10am-12pm, weather permitting.
Paul R. Williams Berkley Square Tour
Saturday, February 18, 11:30 am
Hosted by Nevada Preservation Foundation
Advance Registration Required
Join the Nevada Preservation Foundation for a walking tour in celebration of Williams’ residential architecture featured in Berkley Square, the first housing development on Las Vegas’ Historic Westside.
Major Sponsors The Jacquie Foundation; Kim Sinatra + Family Sponsors Blanchard, Krasner & French | Angela and Mark Krasner; Nancy and Harvey Fennell | Dickson Realty; Kristi Overgaard, ONIYA ;The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank; Sandy Raffealli | Bill Pearce Motors; The Phil and Jennifer Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Supporting Sponsors Kathie Bartlett; Tammy and Michael Dermody; Drs. Shonda and Julian Hardman ;The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation; NV Energy Foundation; Karyn and Lance Tendler Additional Support Friends of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas; Nevada Humanities; NNRMLS; Katie O’Neill and Chris Gonya
Media Sponsor Vegas PBS
This exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated by Carmen Beals. We thank spokesperson Claytee White, scholarly contributors Alicia Barber and Brooke Hodge, and community partners: Our Story, Inc., KME Architects, LGA Architects, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Las Vegas. Special thanks to The Neon Museum and the Nevada Preservation Foundation for additional collaboration.
Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada is on display at the Nevada State Museum, 309 S. Valley View Blvd, in Las Vegas, NV through May 30, 2023. Additional Information can be found at lasvegasnvmuseum.org.