The Texas Historical Commission unanimously approved the Astrodome as a State Antiquities Landmark, cementing the Dome's spot as an important piece of Texas history.
The designation means Harris County must receive permission from the historical commission before altering or destroying the Dome. Last year, Harris County announced a $105-million revitalization plan that includes installing two levels of underground parking and converting the building's 550,000 square feet into usable public space.
"The unanimous decision just shows that, other than the Alamo, the Astrodome is one of the most historic places in Texas. We will certainly continue to work closely with the commission on our future plans for the Dome," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
The Dome was nominated for the honor by two Harris County residents, Ted Powell and Cynthia Neely, shortly after its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2014, a requirement of receiving the State Antiquities Landmark designation.
The Texas Historical Commission comprises 12 members, appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. The agency employs about 175 people who work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. The commission works to preserve Texas' architectural heritage by helping preserve, restore, and operate properties, museums, and archaeological sites around the state.
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