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Property Name Louisiana Superdome
Reference Number 15001004
State Louisiana
County Orleans
Town New Orleans
Street Address 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/27/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Engineering, Entertainment/Recreation
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15001004.pdf
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The Louisiana Superdome is eligible for the National Register at the national, state, and local levels in the areas of engineering and architecture. It is also eligible at the local level under the areas of entertainment/recreation and social history. The Superdome is the largest single span dome in the nation and it is an example of Modernist architecture by a nationally recognized firm, Curtis and Davis. It is significant both architecturally and in engineering because of the design of the single span dome. The Superdome is also significant for the role it played as a shelter of last resort for the people of New Orleans during hurricane Katrina in 2005. In its forty years, it has also served as an exceptional multi-purpose entertainment venue, hosting the most Super Bowls of any stadium as well as various sports and entertainment events ranging from basketball to pro-wrestling to a record breaking Rolling Stones concert, and the Republican National Convention. For this reason, it is also eligible under entertainment/recreation. Designed in 1967 and completed in 1975, the Superdome has achieved exceptional significance (Criterion Consideration G) in its 40 years for its engineering, architecture, social history, and entertainment/recreation, and remains eligible for listing on the National Register. The period of significance under Criterion C is 1967-1975 and under Criterion A is 1975-2005.

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