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Historic District to be Recognized at Event
Historic District to be Recognized at Event


Las Vegas city officials will recognize the Berkley Square Historic District at an event Feb. 9.

Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow and Las Vegas artist Joseph Watson will unveil and dedicate 34 banners that will recognize the district at noon. The unveiling, part of the city’s celebration of Black History Month in February, will take place at the corner of F Street and Leonard Avenue.

Parking is available at the Elks Lodge at 600 W. Owens Ave. The banners will be located on the existing streetlight poles in the area bounded by D Street, Owens Avenue, H Street and Byrnes Avenue.

The Berkley Square Historic District was designated on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2009. Two bronze plaques commemorating this designation will be installed at the intersections of F Street and Leonard Avenue, and D Street and Freeman Avenue, by Feb. 9 and celebrated at the public gathering. Both the banner project and bronze plaques were recommended by the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, and funding for the plaques was provided by this commission.

Architect Paul Revere Williams designed the ranch-style homes in Berkley Square for this first African-American housing subdivision. The houses, which were financed by Thomas L. Berkley and other prominent African-American investors, sold for $7,700 starting in 1955. 

The vinyl banners, printed from 10 different paintings on canvas by Watson, will highlight the history of the district. The artist is hosting an exhibit of the original paintings during Black History Month at the Joseph Watson Collection gallery in the Arts Factory at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Funding for the banners came from a $20,000 grant from the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.

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