The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has been named a 2013 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project’s managing agency, the City of Las Vegas Public Works Department, as well as primary contractor APCO Construction and primary consultant Westlake Reed Keskosky, will be recognized at the awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Chicago this August.
The Mob Museum received the national Project of the Year Award in the Historic Restoration/Preservation category for projects costing $25 million - $75 million. Building renovations in preparation for the Museum’s opening comprised $42 million and encompassed 17,000 square feet of exhibition space spanning three floors.
Open as The Mob Museum in February 2012, the venue’s building was originally constructed in 1933 as a U.S. Federal courthouse and post office. Listed on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places, the building is significant for its Depression-era neoclassical architecture.
“We’re proud of the recognition that the City of Las Vegas’ public works department has received,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director and CEO, The Mob Museum. “Thanks to the City’s efforts to preserve our historic building, the public has an extraordinary place for learning about organized crime and law enforcement.”
The building itself played a prominent role in the history of organized crime and law enforcement. On Nov. 15, 1950, its courtroom was the site of a hearing by the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce—known widely as the Kefauver Committee hearings—which proved pivotal to the nation’s fight against organized crime and Las Vegas’ development as a gaming capital.
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