Today, the Ford Motor Company
is revealing exterior design and architectural styling features
for its pavilion at the Fair. The company also announces that
a unique and exciting automobile trip through a fantasy land
of the past, present and future will be a distinctive and memorable
feature of the pavilion.
All of the Ford Pavilion's show,
exhibit and entertainment features, including the ride fantasy,
are being created by Walt Disney and designed by W.E.D. Enterprises,
The Ford Pavilion, paralleling
Grand Central Parkway diagonally across the parkway from the
New York City Building, will occupy most of a seven-acre site.
Incorporating the very latest
architectural styling and construction techniques, the Ford building
has been designed and engineered by Welton Becket, internationally-known
architect, and his staff at Welton Becket and Associates in Los
The huge, ultramodern pavilion
will feature a glass-enclosed rotunda-like structure, 235 feet
in diameter, fifty-six feet high, and surrounded by
sixty-four glittering pylons
100 feet tall. Adjoining this main entrance to the Ford Pavilion
will be a flared rectangular show and exhibit building more than
500 feet in length and standing as high as a seven-story building.
It will house the major show and entertainment features being
created for Ford by Walt Disney and his staff.
At night the rotunda portion
of the pavilion will become a waterfall of light. Each of the
eight-foot deep pylons will be illuminated with incandescent
lights ranging from low to high density, creating the effect
Huge glass panels enclosing the
pavilion will be held in place by steel columns, aluminum extrusions
and newly-developed neoprene glazing gaskets, all engineered
to resist extraordinary changes in weather and winds of hurricane
The central core in the pavilion,
which will be completely air-conditioned, will contain rest rooms
and a first aid station on the first floor level. The mezzanine
level will include a reception lounge for Ford guests, as well
as offices for operating personnel.