Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, explains the significance of the Georgia Dome (Photo by Maria Saporta)
State Rep. Calvin Smyre remembers the trials and tribulations of building the Georgia Dome (Photo by Maria Saporta)
A close up of the Home Depot Backyard sign (Photo by Maria Saporta)
Members of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Georgia Historical Society stand next to the historical marker Left to right: Carl Adkins, Frank Poe, Todd Groce, Calvin Smyre, Doug Tollett, Sonny Deriso and Vince Dooley (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The Home Depot Backyard is under development (Photo by Maria Saporta)
Here is the historical marker identifying special moments in the Georgia Dome’s history (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The Georgia Dome team – people who were involved with the operations of the Georgia Dome – working for the Georgia World Congress Center (Photo by Maria Saporta)
The historical marker was placed along Northside Drive – overlooking the Home Depot Backyard, the site of a future GWCC hotel and the new Mercedes Benz Stadium (Photo by Maria Saporta)
By Guest Columnist MIKE DOBBINS, aprofessor of the practice of planning at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture who has overseen several Tech studios that examined Northside Drive and its neighborhoods
We often view buildings, architecture, as symbols of the times and the cultures in which they are built. The implosion of the Georgia Dome juxtaposed against the Mercedes Benz Stadium call on us to reflect on what they both mean. They have in common the destruction and obliteration of significant African American history and culture.
From the first time I saw the design for the then-unnamed new Falcons stadium in October 2013, I was smitten.
Architect Bill Johnson poetically described how the first-of-its-kind retractable roof would open with eight panels traveling along octagonal tracks to create the opening by saying: “The heavens will open up.”