Las Vegas, NV Flora Dungan Building on UNLV Campus

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Las Vegas, NV Flora Dungan Building on UNLV Campus

Postby Futura Girl » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:02 pm

Name: Flora Dungan Building on the U.N.L.V. Campus
Architect: Zick and Sharp
Year: 1970

Street: 4505 Maryland Parkway
Southeast corner of UNLV campus - West side of the corner of Harmon and Maryland Parkway
City: Las Vegas
State: NV
Zip: 89154
Country: USA
Phone:

Type: School, University, Office Tower
Style Brutalist
Status: possibly endangered

Description:
FROM UNLV: FLORA DUNGAN HUMANITIES (FDH)
The tallest structure on campus, the humanities building contains auditoriums, classrooms, and lecture halls on the first two floors. On the upper five floors, the building houses the offices of the president, provost, other administrative offices and departments.
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The Flora Dungan Humanities Building built in 1970 by prolific local architects, Walter Zick and Harris Sharp is one of the most significant piece of architecture on campus AND it is a preservation issue.
Currently the UNLV website states "Currently shown in the master plan, this building may be a candidate for replacement in the future."
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Links:
http://maps.unlv.edu/fdh.html
http://www.unlv.edu/Provost/ARS/plan_fdh.htm

http://wrin.unlv.edu/biographies/flora_dungan.html
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Zick and Sharp

Postby jenniezane » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:33 am

Sharp, Harris P
Passed away June 10, 2002.
See also “Architecture By Fiveâ€￾, “Harris Sharp & Associatesâ€￾, and “Walter Zick and Harris Sharp Architectsâ€￾.

1999 AIA NEVADA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award. UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: biography, project photos

“AIA, Las Vegas Chapter, honors local projects.â€￾ Construction Connection (Nov. 1999): 18. ASL File #:
AWARD 15

Harris Sharp received a 1999 AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award.

Harris was hired by a design company called Worswick and worked on commercial and residential buildings. He stayed with Worswick until 1950 when he and friend Walter Zick formed a partnership, Zick and Sharp. It was an alliance that would last until 1987, when both men retired.

About the time the partnership formed, the test site started setting off bombs. Harris drove young Spence and his little sisters to a spot "about 20 miles from ground zero" to witness one event, held just before daybreak. They weren't the only ones there, it was considered a family outing. The family saw the nighttime blasted away with sudden bright light and watched in awe as the mushroom cloud grew. Later tests rocked buildings and jiggled table lamps but people soon became blasé and no one paid much attention.

Through the years, Zick and Sharp designed some of the city's more notable buildings. Besides the downtown casinos, they designed the library at the university, the Foley Federal Building and the Ford Foundation auditorium in Boulder City as well as banks and other commercial buildings.

Harris made a niche for himself with his innovative, modernist junior and senior high schools and won national awards for those designs. He held the honor of being the architect of the nation's first air-conditioned junior high school -- Hyde Park, 900 Hinson St.

As Las Vegas grew, the Zick and Sharp partnership began remodeling existing hotels like the Golden Nugget, El Rancho, Thunderbird and Flamingo. It was at that last hotel-casino where Harris met the infamous Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.

"He said Bugsy was 'the kind of guy that if you looked him in the eye and made a promise, you'd better keep it,' " Spence recalled.

Harris not only designed the Plaza, he was co-owner of it for years. Even though he strove for functional floor plans, he also toyed with novel ideas. One of those was putting a swimming pool in the Plaza's second floor, complete with a view of Fremont Street. The pool was later removed. The space is now home to the hotel's Center Stage Restaurant.

During Helldorado's early days, it was customary for the Jaycees and Elks to dress in western wear and carry real six guns loaded with blanks.

Harris, at 6-feet, 2-inches and about 225 pounds, carried two six shooters and was an imposing figure. He and a friend were at Binion's Horseshoe in their western outfits when his friend recognized a crook that had broken into his home.

"So they pulled their Colts out and held this miscreant until the police arrived," Spence recalled.

As city commissioner in the 1950s, Harris held a vision of Las Vegas' future expansion and tried to guide it by that vision. He argued, for example, that Highway 95 have multiple lanes in both directions.

Taken from View, Neighborhood Newspapers, July 17, 2002.

Primary profession: Architect
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AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award. Awarded on 1999. Harris Sharp received a 1999 AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award.
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walter? walter?

Postby jenniezane » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:02 am

I'm having trouble finding info on Walter Zick, although I am 100% certain that I previously located information indicating he had passed on.

I was able to find the names Ronald Zick and Mildred Zick along with an address that at some point belonged to a Walter Zick. The address is near the Las Vegas National Golf Course.

I'm going to keep digging to see if I can find Walter or Mildred (hoping its his wife)


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I found walter...

Postby jenniezane » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:10 am

breaking news: I found Walter Zick and his wife Mildred:

Walter F. Zick
Birth: May 2, 1905
Death: Feb. 18, 1990

Walter was an award-winning Las Vegas architect; his firm was Zick and Sharp Architects.

He is buried with his wife, Mildred Runley Zick.

Burial:
Palm Valley View Memorial Park
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA
Plot: Garden of Devotion, companion lawn crypts

Record added: Sep 30 2007
By: Miracle Mile Tim


Source: www.findagrave.com
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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:59 am

maybe ronald is his son?
is he still in paradise palms?


also - we got a lead that gail sharp was living in southern utah last night.
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Postby jenniezane » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:18 pm

Jennie placed a call to a Gail Sharp that I found listed on an internet white pages site. Rang but no answer and no voicemail, she's going to keep trying.

Jennie also contacted the AIA, which indicated that they are interested in locating Walter Zick's family because they have been trying to name a school after him. I'm going to try to track down Ronald.
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