As the three Alexander models were finishing up in Palm Springs in 1962, Glen Hammond, Merrill’s brother and Secretary Treasurer of Hammond Sheet Metal, was standing before the Henderson City Council offering an additional means to finance the $100,000 overage through a 7% loan by CalCor. The City declined Hammond’s offer, and chose to proceed with the project using other financing sources. The contract between Henderson and Wexler and Harrison was solidified in the fall of 1962, with construction commencing in late winter.
Meanwhile, Merrill Hammond and his wife Sarah had purchased a 1/3 acre lot on Rancho Road (Drive) for construction of a new home. The Hammonds, both in their mid-50’s, were downsizing from a nearby family home on Goldring (Wellness Way) Avenue. Hammond was busy promoting Rheem-CalCor, and commissioned an all-steel home to be built. Wexler and Harrison happened to have plans at the ready, and on October 9th, 1962 permits were issued by the City of Las Vegas for construction of the 8th and final Wexler Steel House.
The Hammonds occupied the home until 1970. Merrill passed away in 1989 while Sarah passed in 1995. Carl Lovell, the youngest City Attorney for the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and his wife Irene became the second owners. Mrs. Lovell loved her home, however the two-lane road which the house was located on had become busier and busier, and wanting a safer place to raise her two young children, relocated to Henderson in 1977. Much like its counterparts in Palm Springs, the Hammond Steel Home fell into disrepair by the 1980s. Unaware of the provenance of the structure, its third owners placed some unsympathetic additions on it in 1984. Bars were added to the walls of glass on the front of the home, and as the adjacent roadway grew from two lanes to five, privacy walls were added surrounding the front and sides of the property. A fourth, fifth, and sixth owner followed, along with a sickly coat of beige paint and red trim. The Wexler and Harrison-designed Henderson City Hall met a worse fate in 1993 in the form of a bulldozer.