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The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Museum used a $5,000 grant from the National Trust Preservation Fund to conduct a building assessment of the La Concha Lobby. This 1961 building is an icon of the Las Vegas skyline and its significance lies in the hands of its architect, Paul R. Williams, the first African-American man to become a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Re-located from its original location on the Las Vegas Strip to its new home at the museum's Visitors Center, the La Concha Lobby acts as the Neon Museum Visitors Center and as such, receives and welcomes about 200,000 guests yearly.

The museum hired Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates to conduct the assessment and provide guidance on how best to maintain the building and fix noticeable bubbling of the surface. Once completed, the assessment was included with a grant request to the Nevada State Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation. The grant was awarded in 2018, and repair work on the La Concha shell will be done in 2019-2020.

Through their stewardship of the La Concha Lobby, the Neon Museum is preserving the building for generations of Las Vegans and tourists alike to learn about unique Googie architecture and Paul R. Williams' role in American architecture.