TX Historical Commission designates Astrodome a state landmark

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The Texas Historical Commission voted on Friday morning to designate the legendary Astrodome as a State Antiquities Landmark.

The Texas Historical Commission voted on Friday morning to designate the legendary Astrodome as a State Antiquities Landmark.


The vote gives the landmark important legal protections -- Harris County, which owns the building, will have to seek approval from the state before making any significant structural changes to the building.

Last September, Harris County Commissioners agreed to a $105 million plan to revitalize the aging building, including installing two levels of underground parking.

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History of the Astrodome


On January 31, 1961, Harris County voters approved a general bond issue of $22 million to build the Astrodome. About a year later, ground was broken for the new stadium. Voters had to dip into their pockets one more time and approve another $9 million in bonds to complete the project.

The total price tag for the dome was $20 million, but the overall project, including streets, bridges and storms sewers was $40 million.

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