Inside Our Astrodome


While the Harris County Commissioners Court has yet to make a recommendation for the future of the Astrodome, we thought we would share some images from construction and architectural drawings of Houston’s most famous landmark.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation created this site for their project Housing the Spectacle, The Emergence of America’s Domed Superstadiums 1965 – 1992.  They track the growth of so-called “Superstadiums” in the second half of 20th century America, and the people whose personalities shaped them.  The Astrodome is included in case studies of other domes including the 1970 U.S. Pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka, the 1981 Minneapolis Metrodome, the 1988 Seoul Olympic Fencing and Gymnastics Arenas, and the 1992 Georgia Dome.

Many of these images capture the immensity of the Astrodome that cannot be fully measured by merely standing on the outside.

Construction photos can be found here:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsapp/BT/DOMES/HOUSTON/images.html

Architectural drawings can be found here:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsapp/BT/DOMES/HOUSTON/condoc.html

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