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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ford Rotunda

Memories of a Time and Place

 
 
The Ford Rotunda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
1. The Ford Rotunda Marker
Inscription.  
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.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series.
Upper Left Image image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
2. Upper Left Image
From 1943 to 1962, the Rotunda offered showcases of new cars, Christmas exhibits and other special presentations. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 18.741′ N, 83° 10.586′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Schaefer Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is in front of Henry Ford College's M-TEC building (north of the Rotunda Drive spur to Schaefer Road and south of the Rotunda Drive overpass over Schaefer Road). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3601 Schaefer Road, Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Neighborhood (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Schaefer Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dearborn City Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fordson High School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ford and Dearborn (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ford Rotunda. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Albert Kahn (architect). (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Century of Progress. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories.
Lower Left Image image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
3. Lower Left Image
The "Ford Century of Progress" exhibit pavilion at the 1933-34 World's Fair in Chicago. The main structure to the left was moved to Dearborn to become the Rotunda. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
Architecture
 
Lower Middle Image image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
4. Lower Middle Image
The Rotunda was located across Rotunda Drive from the Ford Administration Building and near the Ford Rouge complex. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
5. Right Image
Fire destroyed the Ford Rotunda on November 9, 1962. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
The Ford Rotunda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 20, 2018
6. The Ford Rotunda Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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