Berkley Square, located in what was at the time the far northern side of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, is a cluster of ranch-style homes built and designed by world-renowned African American architect Paul R. Williams. The first group of homes in this neighborhood was were constructed between the years of 1954 and 1955. The housing development marked the first black-owned subdivision in the state and provided homes to many of the black families who had moved to the city during the boom years of the late 1940s and 1950s. The neighborhood expanded and the name of the community is derived from the financier, Thomas L. Berkley, a very influential African American attorney and business leader in Oakland who was also a leading voice for civil rights. Berkley Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
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