the Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana -Geaux Saints

September 9, 2010

Dome

Originally uploaded by Preservation Resource Center, Advocacy Department

Geaux Saints

on what the Superdome means to the city
of New Orleans,

What our buildings matter- a few words about the Superdome, by
michelle b kimball,
“Who remembers the days after Katrina when tales were spun about why the Superdome should be demolished?

Who can imagine the Saints’ road to the Super Bowl being paved anywhere else? Who can imagine the skyline of New Orleans without this landmark?

Back in 1966, Dave Dixon convinced the Louisiana Legislature to pass a law enabling the construction of the Superdome. Ground was broken in 1971 on the building designed by Curtis and Davis. She opened on August 5, 1975. The 35th anniversary of her opening passed without fanfare, as her exterior walls were being clad with new siding, as her roof was getting a new paint job, and as Champions Square was being constructed.

She has been a monument to the recovery of New Orleans. Today she houses the 12th man, the Who Dat Nation — the people that lead the recovery of the city. She is an international landmark whose walls tell many stories — the story of how our government failed us and the story of the people that have prevailed. She is the church where we go a few times a year to give testament to our faith in New Orleans and in our Saints.

I’ll spend the hours leading up to the game on the streets of New Orleans surveying houses that are proposed for demolition and on the phone chatting up the threat to demolish up to 1,000 houses within the Neighborhood Conservation District without the locally mandated citizen review. I’ll post about this on the PRC blog when the noise of this historic day subsides, but you can read the news here: http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ssf/2010/09/louisiana_land_trust_ready_to.html#postComment

But, at 7:30 pm, I’ll rejoice in the decision to renovate our beloved Superdome and I’ll chant WHO DAT with the rest of New Orleans as the team captain drops his hand!

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