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Berkley Square Neighborhood Historic District
Constructed in 1954-55 near Owens Avenue and D Street in West Las Vegas, Berkley Square Historic District is the first minority built subdivision in Nevada with African-American developers, financers and designers. The neighborhood was designed by international-renowned architect Paul R. Williams, the first African-American architect initiated into the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Originally named “Westside Park,” this subdivision was conceived as a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) project and devised to improve the living conditions of Las Vegas’ African-American community in the mid-century. All of the 148 lots are one-story contemporary style ranch houses that are rectangular in shape and have an asymmetric facade with a carport on the side of house. In addition, the district displays typical FHA Standards of the 1940s: curved and looping streets to slow traffic, and sidewalks that are separated from the pavement by a planting strip with trees to provide safety and comfort to pedestrians.
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