The Bushey Drive Elementary School, in Wheaton, is a three-story, round school designed by Deigert and Yerkes in 1961.¬†¬†
As noted in my colleague‚Äôs recent post on round houses, round schools were also promoted for lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and lower building costs.¬† In this era, round and hexagonal schools were built across the country.¬†
In plan, the school had a middle story with common rooms (kitchen, library, general purpose room) and offices, sandwiched between top and bottom floors of classrooms.
David Norton Yerkes and Robert C. Deigert were partners in a Washington DC firm from about 1946 to 1966.¬† ¬†In Montgomery County, projects designed by the firm include numerous custom houses and the Primary Day School in Bethesda.¬† Noteworthy local projects are the U.S. National Arboretum Administration Building (1963) and the Netherlands Embassy.
The Bushey Drive School was for many years home to a theater group organized by Montgomery County Recreation Department.¬† The theater group survives, named Round House Theatre, for its place of origin.¬† Today, the Recreation Department has administrative offices at the Bushey Drive School which still accommodates theatrical performances.