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Last week, the Review-Journal suggested that Las Vegas Academy of the Arts' main building—a handsome art deco structure, built in 1930—might be in danger of teardown. (The building needs expensive upgrades, which the Clark County School District can't a ord to make.) If that proves true, the former Las Vegas High School will join the Huntridge Theatre in a line of Downtown properties needing the attention, and dollars, that a historic preservation campaign can bring. But they're far from the only properties in that queue. Here are just a few endangered others. Victory Hotel (307 Main St.) This mission, revival-style two-story, built in 1910, is one of the oldest buildings in the Downtown resort corridor, an artifact of Las Vegas' railroad days (it's only steps away from where the depot used to be). The Victory is old enough for historic protection sta- tus, but doesn't yet have it. White Cross (1700 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) Unlike the other properties on this list, this former pharmacy (and, later, grocery) is still being used, at least par- tially: Old-school diner Vickie's occupies a section of it. But this 1955 building needs a primary ten- anthopefully someone who will maintain White Cross' neat blue-and-white façade. Tod Motor Motel (1508 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) Downtown has lots of decrepit motels that need attention, but Tod Motor Motel, circa 1962, is a prime candidate for renewal: It's pretty large (three stories, with an outdoor elevator) and has many of its original design elements still intact. Redoing the Tod as a Palm Springs-style boutique hotel could set a welcome precedent for saving Vegas' other vintage motels. Reed Whipple Cultural Center (821 Las Vegas Blvd. N.) Good news: This mid-century building, circa 1963, has begun the process to get state and national historic protections. Someday, the Neon Museum-adjacent building might be the pride of a revamped Cultural Corridor. Hopefully, there'll still be a city around it when that happens. Several vintage Downtown buildings could simply disappear tomorrow Maybe you were there for the 1995 Circle Jerks show, an impromptu parking lot gig held hours after the building's roof collapsed. Or maybe you remember its cinema heyday. Whatever your fondest memory of the Huntridge Theatre, now you can pay homage to it the cool-kid way—on your lapel. Vegas-based company Battle Born Pins has created three enamel pins in the historic building's image, each color (white, pink and green, available for $10 apiece at bbpins.bigcartel.com) representing the different phases of the Huntridge's 72-year history. "I love any time someone talks about the Huntridge Theatre," says Battle Born Pins co- founder Holly Vaughn. "It's this great conversation piece everyone can relate to. It's future has always been uncertain, so we wanted something that gave it some permanence." –Leslie Ventura WEAR YOUR LOVE FOR THE HUNTRIDGE THEATRE WITH BATTLE BORN PINS 1 BIG PHOTO + intersection A N D L I F E M E E T Is this LVA's architectural future? (Photo Illustration by Ian Racoma/Staff) UNSAVED VEGAS B Y G E O F F C A R T E R L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 3 . 1 6 . 1 7

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