Dome Mobile to Hit Houston Streets

Interactive truck will help build support for saving Astrodome

A coalition of preservation and design organizations are shifting their efforts to save the Astrodome into high gear. From Monday, Oct. 21 through Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, the “Save the Dome” coalition will drive a 26-foot long truck, known as the Dome Mobile, on a multi-stop tour around Houston. The goal of the truck tour is to build support among Harris County voters for revitalizing the Astrodome as the world’s largest special events venue.

Leading up to the Nov. 5 vote on Proposition 2, which would fund redevelopment of the world’s first domed stadium, the truck will visit high-profile locations and events throughout the city and county. The Dome Mobile will be wrapped with images of the Astrodome and the “Save the Dome” campaign logo.  Inside the truck, visitors will be able to learn more about the benefits of preserving the venue, write their Astrodome memories and preservation messages on a “story wall,” and walk on Astroturf from the Astrodome. 

“The same spirit of ingenuity used to engineer and build the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ is now being employed to save it,” said Beth Wiedower, senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The Dome Mobile will give Houstonians a rare chance to ‘step onto the field,’ share their love of the Astrodome and learn more about why saving it is so important.” 

The first stops of the interactive truck include:

·   Crave Cupcake, 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21

·   One Shell Plaza, 901 Louisiana St. - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22

·   14 Pews Theater, 800 Aurora St. - 5pm t0 7pm on Wednesday, Oct. 23

The full Dome Mobile schedule will be updated regularly here, and will be promoted at @ourastrodome on Twitter and “Our Astrodome” on Facebook. Preservation coalition members and volunteers will be handing out “Save the Dome” stickers, fans, rally towels and temporary tattoos to Harris County voters who express their support for saving the Dome on the walls of the Dome Mobile or endorse the preservation effort at www.ourastrodome.org while at one of the stops.

“The Dome Mobile will remind Houstonians why the Astrodome remains the city’s seminal historic landmark and educate them about why voting to revitalize the venue helps Houston preserve its past while investing in its future,” said David Bush, programs and information director for Preservation Houston.

The preservation coalition working to save the Astrodome is comprised of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Houston, Houston Mod, American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Houston and Houston Arts and Media. The group is collaborating on an effort to educate the public about the referendum that would raise as much as $217 million to reuse the vacant Astrodome. 

Opened in 1965, the Astrodome has been primarily vacant since 2006. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation’s reuse plan, “The New Dome Experience,” would provide an alternate and complementary location for events when Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center and Reliant Arena are unavailable or unsuitable. The plan is designed to attract new and significant events, attractions and revenue to Harris County and will have a multiplier effect throughout the Houston metropolitan area.


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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.PreservationNation.org

About Preservation Houston

Preservation Houston, the National Trust’s local partner, promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy, and committed action. www.preservationhouston.org

About Houston Mod

Houston Mod, established in 2003 as a nonprofit membership organization, is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture in Houston and Texas.  Houston Mod advocates for the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the public in achieving this goal.  www.houstonmod.org  

About Houston Arts and Media

Houston Arts and Media creates innovative and compelling media to teach Texans about our history. Through documentaries, books, web content and live interactive events, HAM preserves the many diverse stories and images that make Texas what it is today. www.houstonartsandmedia.org

About AIA Houston

AIA Houston is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  AIA Houston is a community of architects coming together to accomplish things in our practices and in our communities that no single architect can do alone.  https://aiahouston.org

 

 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.
PreservationNation.org