Dome named national landmark (Houston Chronicle)

Photo By Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle

Photo By Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle

By Allan Turner

The endangered Astrodome was thrown a possible lifeline as the National Park Service named the world’s first domed athletic stadium to its National Register of Historic Places.

The designation granted Thursday does not prevent Harris County from demolishing the building, but does open federal and state tax incentives for rehabilitation. The stadium, opened in 1965, long was called the “eighth wonder of the world.”

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