How Can Houston Preserve Its Aging Astrodome?

Imagine a football stadium that was so technologically game-changing that it became the model for all future sporting venues ever built. Until it was suddenly abandoned 15 years ago. As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant buildings on the brink of demise—where you've been able to find… » 2/25/14 2:00pm 2/25/14 2:00pm

Goodbye, Astrodome: Texans Reject a Plan to Save the Decaying Marvel

Houstonians might be eager to snap up pieces of the Astrodome's turf and concession stands, but they weren't prepared to authorize $217 million in bonds to preserve the aging stadium through a redevelopment scheme that would transform it into a convention center. On Tuesday, Houston voters rejected the plan, "very… » 11/07/13 9:40am 11/07/13 9:40am

Is the Long-Abandoned Astrodome Worth Saving?

When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever—and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it’s an abandoned shell with a different nickname:… » 9/13/13 1:40pm 9/13/13 1:40pm