The new museum
will reflect Cadillac
standards and, with
expansion capacity to
23,000 square feet,
will meet museum
needs for many years.
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The CLCMRC car collection was moved from storage facilities and is now showcased as the Cadillac Gallery in the Carriage House on the Gilmore grounds.
In February 2010, after researching more than 100 potential sites for its museum and research center, the CLCMRC board unanimously selected the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, as the home for its new facility. The Gilmore is on 90 scenic acres located northeast of Kalamazoo just off I-94, midway between Chicago and Detroit. Currently, it hosts more than 50,000 visitors annually, from May through October. However, with the planned investment of more than $10 million in new and upgraded amenities, including a new, 23,000-square-foot Automotive Heritage Center, visitors will soon be able to enjoy the Gilmore collection, historic facilities, archives and exhibits year-round.

Gilmore has been home to the Classic Car Club of America Museum and archives for many years. A more recent partner is the Pierce-Arrow Club and its museum building. The Franklin Automobile Club completed the construction of a new 6,750-square-foot facility to showcase its collection in May 2010. In addition, both the Lincoln Foundation and the Model A Ford Club of America have announced plans to construct new facilities on the Gilmore campus.




PERMANENT SITE

The exciting plan to locate the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center at Gilmore is being implemented in two steps. First, the CLCMRC car collection was moved from storage facilities and is now showcased as the Cadillac Gallery in the Carriage House on the Gilmore grounds. The greater visibility and accessibility of the collection in the Cadillac Gallery already has enhanced awareness of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center and also is building the foundation for the establishment of its permanent home at Gilmore.

The second step in the plan calls for construction of a 10,000-square-foot permanent facility near the Gilmore center green. The building will face the 1940s Blue Moon Diner, a restored diner built in 1941 that has resided at Gilmore since 2004. The new Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center building will feature a Cadillac dealership themed exterior and will offer premier space to showcase the museum collection, exhibits, and other materials and artifacts. The facility will offer ample display room for the museum’s distinctive collection of cars as well as a fully equipped auto prep garage. The new museum will reflect Cadillac standards and, with expansion capacity to 23,000 square feet, will meet museum needs for many years.

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