A work of art

Wagner Roofing Co. performs an installation on the dome-shaped roof system of the Kreeger Museum

"I'd like you to design me a museum. But don't tell your partners that we're going to live in it."

According to The Washington Times, these are the words the late David Lloyd Kreeger said to architect Philip Johnson when he wanted Johnson to build a home for Kreeger, former president and chief executive officer of GEICO, Washington, D.C., and his wife, Carmen. Johnson's firm usually would not design private residences, and Kreeger's unique request was a way around that restriction.

Now solely a museum, The Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., houses about 200 works of art from Kreeger's collection, which includes a variety of pieces, from African and Asian art to the works of artists such as Monet and Picasso.

The roof of the building consists of 15 large, unique domes. When the building needed a new roof, the art and domes were taken into account.