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BUSINESS ABOVE: The former Sportsmart building prior to its major renovation is shown. CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/FILE

LEFT: Crews are nearing completion of the major renovation of the Waterfront building adjacent to the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk. The historic building will offer retail, office and commercial space. CHIEFTAIN PHOTOS/CHRIS McLEAN

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Waterfront center to showcase Medal portraits ______________________________________________________________

As one example, Dix said, the center’s focus will include the “tremendous success and risk-taking in business that made us so strong.” ______________________________________________________________ Planning for the center is ongoing, Dix said. By DENNIS DARROW Backers hope the center draws state THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN and national interest. ________________________________________________________________ “Pueblo is a natural place for it — with Visitors to this year’s Wild Wild West the Home of Heroes, and there are a lot Festival will notice dramatic improveof great people here,” Dix said. Today’s m e n t s a t t h e h is t o r ic W a t e r f r o n t festival lineup includes a golf event for building. current soldiers and Medal recipients. The 25,000-square-foot building at 101 Dix c alle d the portrait c olle c tion S. Main St. adjacent to the Historic invaluable, capturing the true image of Arkansas Riverwalk is nearing the end of the nation’s surviving Medal recipients, a two-year renovation project. many of whom are camera shy and only And still more eye-catching additions COURTESY PORTRAIT/NICK DEL CAZO participated at the urging of one another. aw ait the planned commercial center Medal of Honor activities hold a speDrew Dix’s portrait in the Medal of Honor that, until purchased by Dr. Adolph Collection features a rescued nurse and two cial meaning for Padula. “Rudy” Padula, ranked as one of the bigmilitary colleagues. After Pueblo’s hosting of the 2000 gest eyesores in Downtown. national Medal of Honor convention, recently joined the project to assist with Padula on T hursday announced a Padula, his son Brad and their colleague the establishment of the center. group’s plan to use a riverwalk-level part Frank Provenza co-produced the docuDix said the portraits will provide a of the site to create a Center for Amerimentary, “Beyond the Medal of Honor.” backdrop to a center that will seek to can Values, expanding on Pueblo’s ties to The film aired on PBS in 2004 and was draw recognition to the nation’s nonmilithe Medal of Honor and Home of Heroes. distributed to more than 17,000 high The nonpolitical center will feature tary and military successes. schools in the U.S. by the Ross Perot dis play and me e ting Fo unda tio n. T he p ro je c t s pac e to hos t outs ide also brought the family into organizations, leadership close contact w ith Medal seminars and ceremonial recipients. events. Padula, a retired dentist, It also will serve as the said renovation of the extepermanent display for a rior of the Waterfront buildpatriotic art c olle c tion ing — the former SportsPadula is acquiring. mart building — is only The art collection, The w e e k s f r o m c o m p l e t io n Medal of Honor Portrait after two years of work. Collection, features 142 Renovation of the intec onte mporary photorior also is nearing complegraphic portraits of tion with unfinished indoor Medal recipients by noted pad sites nearly ready for De nv e r photographe r marke ting to re staurants, Nick Del Cazo. businesses and retail tenThe portraits were feaants, he said. tured in the book, “Medal As part of the project, of Honor: Portraits of Padula added a fourth-story Valor,” released in 2003. to the roughly 100-year-old Famed historian Stephen building. Two separate balAmbrose termed the porconies offer views of the rivtra its “s tunning , a w e - Dr. Rudy Padula (left) and Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix look out a window erwalk and Downtown. inspiring, perfect.” of the Waterfront building. Padula announced Thursday that part of the ____________________________________________ Dre w Dix , a M e dal building will house a noted collection of Medal of Honor portraits and a new SEE RENOVATION, 7D re c ipie nt from Pue blo, nonprofit, the Center for American Values.

Renovation of multiuse commercial site nearing finish.

“It’s been a project,” Padula said of the significant work needed to refurbish the building, “but I’ve enjoyed it because w e ’v e m a d e a l o t o f progress. . . . We’ve tried to get it back to its original state.” Padula said he’s taken part in some talks with prospe c tiv e c lie nts but does not plan to begin a major push for tenants until the exterior and interior work is finished. ddarrow@chieftain.com

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By DENNIS DARROW recently joined the project to assist with the establishment of the center. Dix said the portraits will provide a backdrop...

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