La Mesa, California
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The Drew Roundhouse was inspired by the Ford Pavilion Rotunda at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. Upon returning from the World’s Fair, the dealership’s original owner Elmer Drew, commissioned La Mesa architect James E. Hurley to create a structure that invoked the lines Los Angeles architect Welton Becket had developed for his masterpiece at the New York Fair. Paul C. Jacot served as the structural engineer. When opening in 1967, 30 white pylons encircled the Rotunda showroom with two additional buildings connected via a bridge that would provide for the dealership’s service needs.