Mid-century marvel: At home with Steve Evans

The fabulousness of ‘60s architecture is fit for a Vegas icon (or two)

Kristen Peterson

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 (midnight)

Backyard view into the 1964 home of Steve Evans.

Photo: Beverly Poppe

Steve Evans has gone out for the evening. He's meeting friends at Oscar's steakhouse and shows us how to lock the door when we leave. Suddenly, we have the run of the place, and before we finally head out, we take one last look in amazement. Here is the gorgeous mid-century modern home of a Las Vegas icon, built by another—the late Flora Dungan, accountant, university regent and state assemblywoman.

Evans has had a long relationship with the home. As a teenager, he'd meet with Dungan and others in the living room as part of a teen organization, and he house-sat when Dungan was away.

The house is a perfect fit for the former planning commissioner (and son of the late Claude "Blackie" Evans, a noted union leader), who serves as an ardent advocate for the preservation of Las Vegas' older neighborhoods.

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Face to Face with John Ralston
 
URBAN DWELLERS: Steve Evans

I want to thank the Symphony Park folks for featuring me and my very cool Downtown neighborhood in their recent Newsletter. Past recipients of the Downtown Dweller spotlight include, Gina Gavan, Brian "Paco Alvarez, Joey Vanas, Jack LeVine, and Jamie Naughton.....I'd say I'm in some very stellar company!!....What an honor.

My recent pilgrimages to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts give me great optimism for the renaissance of Downtown. Thanks to my friend and neighbor JoNell Thomas, I was able to catch the matinee of The Color Purple. That in just a few short years this remarkable venue has been funded, built, open, and wildly successful - is truly amazing!! Myron Martin, his board, and all the generous donors, have created a cultural cornerstone for our community.....Kudos to you all who are helping bring to life a better tomorrow !!!

With gratitude,
Steve

According to former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Steve Evans' commitment to the downtown renaissance began long before many people took notice of the area: "Steve did not just talk the talk, he actually walked the walk."

Evans has a long relationship with his historic downtown neighborhood and uber-cool, mid-century modern home, which was built in 1964. Raised in old Henderson until a teenager, he attended youth group meetings, and house-sat for his mentor, the late Flora Dungan, in the central neighborhood known as Marycrest. After a 17-year hiatus, he moved back to Las Vegas into that same neighborhood home he knew as a kid. It was a time when the core of the city was experiencing an exodus to the newly-developing suburbs. Evans says he purposely stayed and fought for the renewal of downtown, knowing that the area would not improve without persistent citizens.

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The view from under an evolving skyline
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Christopher DeVargas

An exterior view of the new Las Vegas City Hall, Monday Feb. 20, 2012.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.

It isn't what it could be. But it isn't what it used to be.

That's former planning commissioner Steve Evans talking about downtown and its new public buildings.

Given everything that's happening — the new City Hall, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Mob Museum — I decided to take a tour of downtown with some architects and neighborhood activists. Joining me were Evans; Suzanne Couture of the Friedmutter Group, a firm that has done work on the Strip and around the world and also donated significant time to the Neon Museum; Eric Strain, an award-winning local architect; longtime Vegas architect and urban planner Robert Fielden; and, with an outsider's perspective, Miriam Neet, a professor at the UNLV School of Architecture who recently arrived from Chicago.

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Steve's Vision

Steve EvansSteve Evans' philosophy for Ward 3 is simple: Nurture neighborhoods, and enable a dense and vibrant Downtown.

These aren't just words. It is what Steve has been promoting for decades. It is what he has worked to achieve in the over 10,000 votes he has cast as the people's voice on the Planning Commission. It is a goal he has inserted in countless decisions and documents which guide our future. It is what he tirelessly pushed when creating the City of Las Vegas' 2020 Master Plan as a Steering Committee member.

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Trinity Haven Schlottman - New Las Vegas Planning Commissioner

by Steve Evans on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 3:50pm

I could not be more pleased and proud that my successor to the Las Vegas Planning Commission, is Trinity Haven Schlottman.  Councilman Coffin recommended him,  and  Mayor Goodman and the Council unanimously voted him into office today. Trinity is known to most of you as the visionary builder of Urban Lofts.  His company has created great in-fill communities in areas of Downtown, long-forgotten by others. They are pioneers for redevelopment, and are important catalysts for  transforming the City core.

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In Supporters' Words

“His background, his knowledge of who built Las Vegas and his vision… will make him an excellent representative.” – Greg Brown

"Somehow Steve always did it in a way that not only made things better, but was a lot of fun in the doing, despite all the work and effort." – Terry Lynch

“Steve Evans: knowledgeable about Las Vegas and concerned for its citizens." – Jay Brown, Esq.

"Steve truly cares about the well-being of businesses and people in this area.” – Peter Frigeri

"Steve has a real passion for urban planning and wants to help streamline good development in Ward 3.” – Trinity Schlottman

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