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Ford Rotunda May Rise Again...in Indiana

The original Rotunda building Ford Motor Co.'s iconic Rotunda building, which was destroyed by fire 51 years ago, may be rebuilt as a museum in Auburn, Ind., Hemmings Daily reports.
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The original Rotunda building

Ford Motor Co.'s iconic Rotunda building, which was destroyed by fire 51 years ago, may be rebuilt as a museum in Auburn, Ind., Hemmings Daily reports.

A group called the Early Ford V-8 Foundation aims to erect a two-third or three-quarter size version of the Rotunda as part of its museum complex in Auburn.

The original Rotunda was built as the centerpiece of Ford's display at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. The 12-story Albert Kahn-designed building was meant to represent a concentric set of gears. After the fair, Henry Ford had the structure shipped to Dearborn and re-assembled near Ford's headquarters.

A dome that was later built over the open-air Rotunda caught fire during repairs in 1962, and the entire structure quickly burned to the ground.