Morelli House, listed in Nevada State Register of Historic Places in 2001 and the City of Las Vegas Historic Property Register in 2007, now boasts national recognition
Las Vegas, NV (July 10, 2012): Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) announced today that its headquarters, the Morelli House, former home of revered Sands Hotel Orchestra Leader Antonio Morelli and his wife Helen, located at 861 East Bridger Avenue, has been recently listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places, named by The National Register, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. This esteemed honor, conferred by the U.S. Park Service, is part of a national program that supports public and private efforts to identify and protect America’s historic resources.
National designation was granted on two criteria: Antonio Morelli’s contributions to the Las Vegas community and the structure’s mid-century modern architecture. Prior to this national recognition, The Morelli House was listed on the Nevada State Register of Historic Places in 2001 and on the City of Las Vegas Historic Property Register in 2007.
A classic, mid-century modern home, the Morelli house was built in 1959 by Antonio and Helen Morelli at its original location of 52 Country Club Drive within the former Desert Inn Estates. In 2001, after being subject to demolition to make way for Wynn Resorts, the Junior League relocated the architecturally impressive home to its current location, 861 East Bridger Avenue, in the downtown Las Vegas historic district. Final restoration was completed in 2009.
“Since the rescue of this architectural worthy structure, ladies of the JLLV Endowment Committee have spent countless hours restoring the Morelli House back to its original 1959 look,” said Sally Rycroft, Chairman of JLLV Endowment Board of Trustees. “Because both Antonio Morelli and this distinctly-styled home played a recognized role in Las Vegas’ recent history, it has always been a goal of JLLV to obtain national designation for the house. This honor is truly a testament to the Junior League’s commitment to historical preservation.”
In addition to its architectural significance, the house represents Antonio Morelli’s years of achievement and importance in Las Vegas entertainment history as the conductor of the Sands Copa Room Orchestra for nearly 20 years. Antonio Morelli considered the building of his home to be one of the greatest challenges of his life. It was a place where legendary gatherings took place, where a variety of local strip headliners including members of the famed “Rat Pack”, professional musicians and prominent locals enjoyed the hospitality of the Morelli’s. Morelli is also credited for producing pop concerts and religious pageants for Las Vegas locals where lavish, star-studded performances were provided free to the public.
The public may view the Morelli House during free open house events held several times a year and by booking private tours for groups of ten or more. For tour information call the JLLV office at (702) 822-6536.
About Junior League of Las Vegas
The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLLV is focused on positively affecting the metropolitan Las Vegas area through JLLV programs and teaming with agencies throughout Las Vegas to improve the level of health and wellness in our community. For more information about the JLLV, the community programs we support, and our members, please visit our website at: www.jllv.org. The JLLV is a part of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which consists of 294 Leagues and more than 170,000 members from the USA, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain. For more information, please go to AJLI’s website at: www.ajli.org