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ACD Museum in need of repairs

The museum is launching a fundraising campaign in the new year to raise $3 million for the repairs.

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:05 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:57 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - The Auburn Cord Duesenburg Automobile Museum needs help preserving it's collection.

The museum is launching a fundraising campaign in the new year to raise $3 million for the repairs.

Some of the work that needs to be done is in the show room.

"It will just deteriorate from here. We are already seeing some deterioration and we need to get on it right now," said ACD Museum executive director Laura Brinkman.

Plaster throughout the building needs repaired and many window lentils are rusting.

"Water and historic buildings are not a good mix. You're only original once as they say in the car business," Brinkman said.

She said a Historic Structures Report on the museum was done last year.

It shows there are several issues that need addressed to preserve the former world headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company.

The report classified the window lentils, new roof and decorative brick above the roof, as urgent repairs.

"Just really seal the building building envelope to keep water out," said Brinkman.

She said it's heartbreaking to see the damage around the building.

"It's kind of devastating in a way. I mean this building is so spectacular and so special to our community."

Brinkman added the report also addressed restoration, including the paint in the showroom.

If you would like to help, contact the museum.

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