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Title Clark County Historic Property, 506 South Seventh
Date March 28,1984
Catalog Number 0130:0069
Description Description with photo reads:

"Physical Description: Bungaloid: The main block is covered by an offset cross gable roof which extends into a shed roof over the arched entrance porch and side porch. Access to the semi-enclosed side porch is through the house. Attic ventilation is provided by the lattice-work panel at the apex of the gable."

"Statement of Significance: Built as a rental property in 1931, this dwelling is representative of the population influx and housing boom of the Hoover Dam era. Furthermore, it is associated with the evolution in local transportation. In January of 1931, R.B. Griffith hired Samuel J. Shaw to build this single-story frame house. The total cost was $4,600. Griffith, a noted real estate specialist, maintained his own home at 408 So. Seventh Street. During the 1930's, Griffith's rental property was the dwelling of the Walter Homan family. That family personified local economic dependence on transportation. Walter Homan worked for the Union Pacific as a fireman in their yards. His son, Ted, a professional pilot, also lived at 506 S. Seventh. A pioneer in local flying services, the younger Homan operated his own aerial sight-seeing service in 1937. He flew visitors over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Lost City, and the Valley of Fire. In 1938, Ted Homan entered the airmail business as a pilot for Western Air Express. He completed the first airmail consignment from Las Vegas to Reno via Tonopah. The two generations linked Las Vegas' transportation history.

The house is in good condition."
Photographer Kowalewski, Jane
Copyright NSMLV
Search Terms Clark County Historic Property Survey
Union Pacific Railroad
Western Air Express
Subjects aerial sight-seeing
airmail
Historic buildings