The Ford Rotunda

The Ford Rotunda (HM29KS)

Location: Dearborn, MI 48120 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 18.741', W 83° 10.586'

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Memories of a Time and Place

The Ford Rotunda is a lost landmark
that is still remembered fondly. Architect Albert Kahn — who designed many Ford factories and buildings — designed the building for Ford's exhibit at the 1933-34 "Century of Progress" World's Fair in Chicago. Kahn designed the building's exterior with grooved and stacked lines to suggest the look of automobile gears. After the fair, the 110-foot-tall, 214-foot-wide Rotunda was reassembled in Dearborn. The Rotunda hosted meetings, banquets, auto exhibits and seasonal displays for many years until a fire destroyed the building in 1962.

"Around us was the empire started by Henry Ford....We looked at the empire around us, and at its dying queen below. Then we went home."
James M. Lycett, reporting for The Detroit News as the Ford Rotunda burned, November 9, 1962.

You Auto Know
Kahn's design for the building accomodated the "Ford Vision" exhibit, and it was capable of being dismantled and reassembled.
HM NumberHM29KS
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByMotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.31235000, -83.17643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.741', W 83° 10.586'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 44.46" N, 83° 10' 35.16" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)313
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3601 Schaefer Rd, Dearborn MI 48120, US
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