Wagner Roofing Co. performs an installation on the dome-shaped roof system of the Kreeger Museum

“I’d like you to design me a museum. But don’t tell your partners that we’re going to live in it.”

According to The Washington Times, these are the words the late David Lloyd Kreeger said to architect Philip Johnson when he wanted Johnson to build a home for Kreeger, former president and chief executive officer of GEICO, Washington, D.C., and his wife, Carmen. Johnson’s firm usually would not design private residences, and Kreeger’s unique request was a way around that restriction.