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Eight approximately 100-year-old oak wine vats were removed last week from the basement of the old Maloof building on Bridge Street.






Carlos Lopez, owner of Contractors Supply in Las Vegas, removes an approximately 100-year-old oak wine vat from the basement of the old Maloof building on Bridge Street.




Carlos Lopez, owner of Contractors Supply in Las Vegas, has removed and is storing the tanks. Lopez plans to display a few at Buffalo Hall, a restaurant and bar that will soon open on Grand Avenue, which he owns.

The vats are in good condition except for one which was rotten on the bottom, Lopez said. He hypothesizes that the roof of the building, which collapsed about 50 years ago, and the floor of the first floor may have protected the tanks from deterioration.

A liquor distributor, the Maloof family constructed the building between 1909 and 1912, according to Lawrence Quintana, vice chairman of the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. Citing information from Joseph Lordi’s book, “Las Vegas New Mexico”, Quintana noted that it replaced a pre-1898 forge.

Billy Rogers, owner of the Gonzales Mortuary in Las Vegas, said his grandfather and his grandfather’s two brothers left England for Las Vegas and built the smithy in 1883.

The Maloof family donated the building to schools in West Las Vegas, which had used it to display sports programs. The school never did anything else with the building and sold it to Lopez about four years ago.

Now owned by Lopez and Jeff Salman of Las Vegas, part of the building is being demolished to widen the Camino de La Escuelas – the street that leads to high schools and colleges in West Las Vegas, Lopez said.

Maria Gilvarry, director of utilities for the city of Las Vegas, said Lopez and Salman wanted to donate part of the property to widen the street. Gilvarry said the road is not wide enough for emergency vehicles and for all traffic to and from schools.

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