The Krisel Connection is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the works of modernist architect William Krisel. Architect to tens of thousands of tract homes, custom residences and numerous commercial buildings, Krisel’s distinct style and cutting-edge design helped set the tone for modern architecture in America during the mid-century.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Paradise Palms 1963 Palmer & Krisel Fixer on the Market – Las Vegas, NV
Here’s a bright 1963 Palmer & Krisel home in Las Vegas’
Paradise Palms community that’s relatively new to the market. It’s a 1,215
square-foot three-bedroom, two bathroom home on a 9,100 square-foot lot with an
in-ground pool and an asking price of $169,000. The home retains its basic original
exterior lines, but has been fairly modified over the years.
The front yard is blank slate, with the exception of three
large statement palm trees, and is sited on a corner lot creating the
opportunity for this place to really stand out & become a showplace. There’s
a garage door on the former carport out front, but it’s a fake – if you look a
little closer you’ll see that there’s two air conditioner units on the front of
the former carport, along with an entry door next to the phony garage door. The
carport was converted to a garage, then converted (without permits) to a separate
apartment complete with its own kitchen and bathroom, in about 500 square feet.
The clerestory windows have long disappeared from the front
of this west-facing home, as have the front aluminum windows, replaced with differently-sized
big-box store mullioned white vinyl windows, along with a steel fan light front door.
Interestingly the porch light next to the front door is the same one that has
been on the home since 1963, a lone original survivor.
Inside, the home features soaring vaulted ceilings with the
living, kitchen and dining areas all oriented towards the rear of the home. The
living room features an original light-well soffit, and a gas fireplace box in front
of the original wood-burning fireplace. We’re not sure why there’s double
fireplaces, perhaps to hold the television, but there’s another fireplace
behind that projecting traditional box.
The kitchen has been expanded into the original
dining/family room and reconfigured into an ‘L’-shape, and while all the cabinets are newer, the
hangar at the end of the upper cabinets is original to the house. The laundry
room has been moved to the backyard, and the former laundry is now part of the
secondary bathroom. Also, a portion of the family room has been claimed to create
a walk-in closet for the secondary bedroom. The original master and master bathroom aren’t
Out back there’s a large in-ground pool and a small covered
patio area. The backyard, like the front, is also pretty much a blank slate,
with lots of opportunity for personalization. You'll notice the color of the home changes from pink out front to white in the backyard and sides of the home. This home has great lines, and is
begging for a restoration or renovation. The price may be slightly high for the
existing condition of the home compared to others in the area, but it’s definitely a bargain when compared to
the $500,000, 1,200 square-foot Krisels in Palm Springs.