Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) was once one of the largest integrated steel mills in the country and was Pueblo’s primary industry, playing a prominent roll both regionally and nationally. However, with drastic decline in the American steel industry in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the mill was abandoned. Pueblo’s south side, formerly the company town of Bessemer, quickly declined. NDC’s investment provided the Bessemer Historical Society with financing to transform the historic mill into a museum to exhibit CF&Is archives. In addition to preserving the City’s past, they hope the new museum will increase tourism for the area as part of Pueblo’s overall renewal strategy.
A civil rights museum
Museum, retail, and restaurant facility
21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City has transformed the historic Fred Jones Manufacturing complex, containing more than 150,000 square feet, into a vibrant contemporary art museum, a 135-room boutique hotel, with restaurant, bar, meeting and event space, and office space for the ADG architectural firm. Originally a Ford assembly plant that sold and serviced Model Ts and Model As, the 4-story building is a cornerstone in Oklahoma City’s historic character and bookends downtown development on the west. The iconic structure has become a vibrant gathering place for the community with the contemporary art and cultural center, open free to the public 24/7, and by attracting new visitors and business, the 21c Museum Hotel will serve as a catalyst for economic development in downtown Oklahoma City.
Named one of America’s Top 50 children’s museums, Stepping Stones Museum for Children doubled its size with this LEED Gold certified 22,000 sq. ft. expansion. The expansion created additional galleries to house new exhibits, classrooms, a multimedia gallery and a resource center space. The museum hopes the addition will generate new sources of revenue and increase their membership rates.