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Episode 34: The History of the Astrodome Part One

Astrodome in Houston. Photo by William Bird.

In part one of a two-part series, Texas Architect Magazine Editor Aaron Seward provides insight on the history of the iconic Astrodome in Houston.

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The Astrodome brought major league sports to the City of Houston with the Colt .45s franchise, which was later renamed the Houston Astros to reflect the city’s role as the control center of the U.S. space program.

The multipurpose sports stadium was built using a lamellar system, a system that uses diamond-shaped modules to create dome structures.

Two architecture firms, Hermon Lloyd & W. B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson, worked together to make the idea of the Astrodome a reality. 

The Astrodome played a role in ending institutional racial segregation in Houston. The stadium was designed and built as an integrated facility, meaning there were no designated areas for “whites” and “coloreds.”

Tune in next week to hear about the future of the Astrodome.






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