In 1998, the late Harold LeMay and his wife, Nancy, of Tacoma, Wash., formed a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, The Harold E. LeMay Museum, to which they donated their vehicle collection. At its peak, the LeMay collection exceeded 3,000 vehicles and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned collection in the world.
Now called LeMay—America's Car Museum, the new museum recently built in downtown Tacoma will be one of the world's largest auto museums and attractions when it opens in June 2012. It will house up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection. The purpose of LeMay—America's Car Museum is to be a place for auto enthusiasts to experience innovative technology, interactive exhibits and more. The four-story museum features a 9-acre campus that includes the 165,000-square-foot museum, a collector car center, 3 1/2-acre show field, galleries, banquet hall and car storage, among other features.
A unique barrel roof system was planned for the building, and Interstate Roofing Inc., Portland, Ore., and Architectural Metal Works Inc., Portland, partnered to design and install it.
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