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Houston Astrodome, 8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, Harris County, TX



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Item Title


Location
8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER TX-108
Building/structure dates: 1964 initial construction
Significance: Originally called the Harris County Domed Stadium, the Astrodome was completed in 1964. Conceived as the home of the Houston Colts and Houston Oilers, it was termed by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It was the first time that a stadium was built for both baseball and football that was totally enclosed and fully air-conditioned. The building covers 9.14 acres of land. Circular in shape, the outer diameter of the Astrodome is 710' and the clear span of the dome roof is 642'.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Sports
Stadiums


Related Names
Lloyd & Morgan
Wilson, Morris, Crain And Anderson
H A Lott, Inc
Eyster, Herbert H.
Sam P Wallace Company
Fish Electric
Zimmerman, Kenneth, Historian
Gosain, Narendra K., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
ASTRODOME LOOKING EAST FROM ROOFTOP OF ADJACENT RELIANT STADIUM (NEW NFL/RODEO STADIUM).
NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTH.
EAST ELEVATION, LOOKING WEST.
SOUTH ELEVATION IN PERSPECTIVE, LOOKING NORTH NORTHEAST.
PERSPECTIVE OF EAST ELEVATION AND LARGE CHILLER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
STEPDOWN TRANSFORMERS ON THE EAST SIDE.
DETAIL OF NORTH FACADE. NOTE PRE-CAST CONCRETE SCREEN COMPOSED OF STEPPED PARALLELOGRAMS.
ENTRANCE DETAIL, NORTH FACADE.
INTERIOR VIEW SOUTH TOWARD MOVEABLE FIELD LEVEL SEATS.
INTERIOR PERSPECTIVE, LOOKING SOUTH SOUTHWEST WITH FIELD SET UP IN FOOTBALL CONFIGURATION. FIELD SEATING ROTATES TO ACCOMMODATE BASEBALL GAMES.
INTERIOR, LOOKING EAST FROM LEVEL 9 SKY BOXES.
VIEW SOUTH TOWARD MOVEABLE FIELD LEVEL SEATS. NOTE RETRACTABLE PENTAGONAL LIGHT RING GONDOLA SUSPENDED FROM ROOF CUPOLA. SKY LIGHTS PAINTED OVER TO REDUCE GLARE FOR BASEBALL OUTFIELDERS.
INTERIOR VIEW, LOOKING WEST. NOTE LAMELLA DOME FRAMING.
PERSPECTIVE LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM FIELD LEVEL. WORKER IN FOREGROUND IS STITCHING TOGETHER ASTROTURF FOR FOOTBALL GAMES.
LAMELLA DOME FRAMING DETAIL. NOTE CATWALK AT 12 O'CLOCK AND SUSPENDED PENTAGONAL LIGHT RING GONDOLA. ALSO NOTE COMPRESSION RING AT CROWN OF DOME.
VIEW FROM CUPOLA INTO LAMELLA ROOF TRUSS AND SEATING LEVELS BELOW.
STEEL TRUSS TENSION RING SUPPORTING DOME ROOF. TENSION RING COVERED BY ARCHITECTURAL FINISH. TENSION RING ROLLER SUPPORT AT COLUMN OBSCURED BY COLUMN COVERINGS.
DOME ROOF TRUSS VIEW MIDWAY UP CATWALK TO CUPOLA AT CROWN OF DOME.
CUPOLA, CENTER RIGHT; GONDOLA LIFT MECHANISM, CENTER LEFT. NOTE PARTIAL VIEW OF LAMELLA DOME FRAMING COMPRESSION RING AT CROWN AT LOWER RIGHT.
STRUCTURAL DETAIL AT CROWN OF LAMELLA DOME SHOWING PARTIAL VIEW OF COMPRESSION RING AT LOWER CENTER.
STEAM TURBINE RIGHT BACKGROUND POWERING COMPRESSOR JUST BEHIND CONTROL PANEL.
STRUCTURAL DETAIL OF LATERAL LOAD BRACING SYSTEM AT GROUND LEVEL. NOTE DOUBLE COLUMNS AT EXPANSION JOINT.
SUBSTRUCTURE OF MOVEABLE SEATING.
DRIVE MOTOR FOR SOUTH MOVEABLE SEATS.


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