In only 10 years, the Lakewood Historical Society has managed to collect a wealth of material, organize a storefront museum in the Lakewood Colonial Center and set the wheels in motion to create a permanent home in the historic Mueller-Harkins Hangar on the Clover Park Technical College campus.
Museum Society President Becky Huber revealed the society‚Äôs board of directors reviewed a number of potential sites and decided the former airport hangar would suit its needs best.
Mueller-Harkins hangar as it looked at its height. Photo from Taqcoma Public Library collection
Built in 1928-29, the hangar was part of what was then the Tacoma Airport. Tacoma architectural planning firm BCRA studied eight potential sites and recommended the hangar as the best. The building features enough space to display Lakewood history as well as host Society and community activities. Its a location that has easy access for visitors and a favorable long term lease can be negotiated. Additionally, the site offers the unique advantage of partnering with the college.
The Mueller-Harkins Hangar as it looks today just off Steilacoom Boulevard on the Clover Park tech College campus. Photo by Dave Sclair
Huber and museum task force chair Glen Speith met in April with CPTC President Dr. John Walstrum and Tony Robinson, college vice president for operations and facilities, and the college‚Äôs board of trustees subsequently approved the concept.
Planning for developing this major new facility will now get underway, as will public relations and fundraising projects, according to the society leader.