Gordon Strong Automobile Objective and Planetarium in Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924–25. This perspective was part of a 2009 exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Colored pencil on tracing paper, 20 x 31 inches.FLLW FDN # 2505.039 © 2009 The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
Gordon Strong wanted the building to be an impressive monument that would enhance visitors' enjoyment of the natural landscape. He even suggested that Wright place a dance hall at the center of the structure.
Frank Lloyd Wright began to sketch a spiralling roadway that mimicked the shape of the mountain. Instead of a dance hall, he placed a theater at the center. As plans progressed, the Automobile Objective turned into a great dome with a planetarium, surrounded by a ring-shaped natural history museum.
Gordon Strong rejected Frank Lloyd Wright's plans and the Automobile Objective was never built. However, Frank Lloyd Wright continued to work with hemicycle forms, which inspired the design of the Guggenheim Museum and other projects.
See more plans and sketches at the Library of Congress:
Gordon Strong Automobile Objective