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Big red #flyingvroof It was 1963 and after relocating his family to Las Vegas, Pete Findlay opened his namesake Oldsmobile dealership with this gem of #googarchitecture by Paul B. Clayton (1914-2005). This little building features an oversized, #foldedroof or "flying-V-roof." Clayton designed two other car dealerships, each with this signature roofline, including the former Ray Vines Chrysler in Long Beach and Simpson Buick in Downey, California (demolished). During its first 30 years the eye-catching building attracted thousands of customers. After Findlay retired in the early '90s, it passed to other car dealerships, was vacant for a couple years and, now is occupied by Flamingo Collision Center and Solid Motor Cars.
The last photo reveals the roof was originally white with dark (red) trim. The property also featured a futuristic tilted sign which is long gone. Interestingly, I noticed two free-standing decorative concrete block walls. Turns out they once supported #zigzagroof canopies on either side of the building. The sleek, angular tail fins on the period cars seem to evoke the rooflines.
I was pleased to find the building in decent condition and to add it to other mid-century vintage Vegas highlights that I've visited, including the La Concha Hotel, Guardian Angel Cathedral, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, and the neon signs of Fremont Street and the Neon Museum.
Coincidentally the year 1963 produced a fine vintage of mid-century, brutalist, and modern architecture - too many to mention.
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