Assembly Hall, University of Illinois
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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
|Illinois Heritage Association|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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