Part Parking Garage, Part Vintage Car Museum, Completely Captivating
LeMay maintains over 3,000 cars in its collection, with combined exhibits resulting in one of the largest automobile museums in the world. America’s Museum is located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, overlooking Thea Foss Waterway—the site having been donated by the city of Tacoma for the sole purpose of building the stunning, four-level facility. The building structure consists of cast-in-place concrete elevated decks and ramps with concrete tilt-up walls, as well as a heavy timber roof structure featuring 5-foot deep glulam arches spanning 100 feet. The Museum’s galleries are purpose-built to efficiently house a rotating collection of 450 vehicles. In addition to rotating gallery spaces, the Museum’s 185,000 square feet include administration space for the LeMay Foundation, a banquet room, lecture halls, a gift shop, a café, and a vehicle maintenance center. Adjacent to the Museum is a 3.5-acre show field and stage, designed for hosting car collector events held throughout the year and the annual LeMay auction.
- Address: 2702 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421, USA
- Status: Completed
- Client: Harold E. LeMay Museum
- Architect: Grant Architects
- Structural Engineer: MKA (Magnusson Klemencic Associates)
- Size: 165,000 SF