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National Building Museum Opens House of Cars Exhibit

The National Parking Association (NPA) is partnering with the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, to present a groundbreaking exhibition titled House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage. The exhibition opened on Oct. 17, 2009, in conjunction with NPA's 58th Annual Conference, and was open to the public at the Museum through July 11, 2010. In addition to serving as the Presenting Sponsor, NPA members provided many of the exhibit artifacts through loans and donations.

House of Cars is the first exhibition of its kind to explore parking garages and the parking industry. It presented the history of parking structures, from the first decades of the 20th century to the stylish and innovative buildings of today. The exhibition covered engineering, design, and the future of parking, and its dynamic design and ideas engaged the Museum's visitors of all ages from around the country and the world.

In addition to NPA's Presenting Sponsorship, NPA member Colonial Parking, Inc., of Washington, DC, is a Benefactor of the exhibit, and members Brett Harwood Ventures, Carl Walker Inc., Impark, Tech Painting Company, and WPS North America were Presenting Sponsor Supporters of the exhibit. A traveling version of the exhibit was featured at NPA's 59th Annual Conference in October 2010 in Boston, and will again be in residence at NPA's 60th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas in October 2011.


House of Cars Links:

From the National Building Museum

From the British newspaper
"The Independent"

"The Fascinating History of Parking"

From The Washington Times

From The Australian

From 89.3, KPPC, Southern California Public Radio

NPR's All Things Considered talks about House of Cars, Nov. 18, 2009

National Building Museum: House of Cars, Innovation and the Parking Garage.

Press Release: National Parking Association partners with National Building Museum to present House of Cars.

John Van Horn, editor of Parking Today magazine talks about NPA's 2009 Parking Show of Shows and the House of Cars exhibit. (Scroll to videos on the right hand side and click on "JVH at the NPA")

House of Cars: Featured on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Parking Today.

Detroit News: Images from the exhibition as well as a slideshow narrated by exhibit curator Sarah Leavitt.

New York Times Wheels Blog: "Past, Present and Future of the Parking Garage."