The Mob Museum

  • Client

    • City of Las Vegas
  • Project Type

  • Awards & Recognition
  • LEED Certified Silver
  • Opened/Completed

    • 2012
  • Area

    • 41,000 ft²
  • Cost

    • $24,721,662

Design Achievement – Located in the heart of the city synonymous with the Mob and law enforcement history, The Mob Museum presents an in-depth, serious look at the origins, operations, and legacy of organized crime in America and its relationship with Las Vegas. The project was conceived as an exciting new focal point and the capstone of ongoing downtown redevelopment for the city of Las Vegas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse was the first federal building erected in Las Vegas and is one of the few remaining historically significant structures in the city. As a transition from the Las Vegas Strip area to downtown, the building offers an ideal physical and symbolic location for the new museum, but the existing structure also presented significant design challenges for adaption to fit the needs of a contemporary museum. DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky master planned and re-imagined the national landmark as a cutting-edge, culturally enriched experience for museum patrons while maintaining the integrity and character of historic spaces. The highly experiential and interactive museum features state-of-the art interactive technology, provocative films, artifacts and thought-provoking material, exhibits interpreting the role of organized crime. After its fifth year of operation, the Museum attracts 350,000 visitors annually and was rated in the nation’s top 20 museums by TripAdvisor. 

Scope Summary – The 41,000 SF project rehabilitated the historic 1933 former U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse into a contemporary museum, while preserving its historic character and spaces. The 17,000 SF exhibit galleries feature advanced interactive technology and multi-media exhibits on three floors, administrative, specialty retail, support, event and educational spaces. Spaces of primary historic significance, such as the lobby and primary courtroom, are rehabilitated to their original condition, while also functioning for contemporary use. For example, the historic courtroom contains a multi-media display on the Kefauver trials on organized crime that were held in this room. The project included a seismic retrofit, all new mechanical systems, and adaption for ADA compliance. Achieving LEED NC Silver certification, the project includes solar water heating, demand controlled ventilation and a fully automated building automation system. DLR Group | WRL provided architecture, MEP and structural engineering, LEED, historic preservation, museum planning and content development, exhibit design coordination, architectural and exhibit display lighting, exhibit/interactive audiovisual design, show control programming, and information transport design services.

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Public Works Project of the Year

    American Public Works Association
  • Peggy Ezekiel Award, Outstanding Achievement (Professional AV Design)

    United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
  • Peggy Ezekiel Award, Outstanding Achievement (Professional Lighting Design)

    United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

The Mob Museum

City of Las Vegas