• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 7-15-02
  • Description
  • The University of Illinois Assembly Hall at Fourth Street and Florida Avenue, Champaign, is a center for sports, entertainment and convention. It was opened on Honors Day, May 3, 1963. It was designed by University of Illinois alumnus, Max Abramovitz. It cost $8.5 million and is one of the world's two largest edge-supported domes, spanning 400 feet in diameter and rising 128 feet above the floor. Dubbed the “mushroom on the prairie,” the giant... more
    The University of Illinois Assembly Hall at Fourth Street and Florida Avenue, Champaign, is a center for sports, entertainment and convention. It was opened on Honors Day, May 3, 1963. It was designed by University of Illinois alumnus, Max Abramovitz. It cost $8.5 million and is one of the world's two largest edge-supported domes, spanning 400 feet in diameter and rising 128 feet above the floor. Dubbed the “mushroom on the prairie,” the giant inverted saucer-shaped Assembly Hall was designed as a multi-purpose building. Musical directors pronounced it as an excellent facility for musical performances. As a sports facility, the Assembly Hall became a symbol of athletic greatness associated with the Champaign-Urbana area. Spectators at all events can see all of the action below from any seat in the building without a single support column blocking their views. Urban Treasure Hunt. 16 History; 18 Social Systems. less
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