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Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,
Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

 

Credit: @nationalmall, Instagram
“#TBT The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree looks out over the National Mall during the holiday season. #Christmas #NationalMall #Washington #DC #USA #Capitol” -- @nationalmall, The National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Since starting in the Community Outreach Department at the National Trust back in mid-October, I’ve feel like I’ve been on the move a fair amount -- moving to a new city, making a Thanksgiving trip to see friends and family in New York City and New Jersey, doing Community Outreach projects in Houston and Miami, and taking part in our headquarters move to the Watergate Office Building.

But coming from Iowa to DC, I’m used to cooler weather in the fall, and right now winter doesn’t feel particularly, well, wintery. Talking with my parents back in Iowa made me miss snow, so last week I scanned the @savingplaces Instagram feed for snowy shots from historic places.

Here were some of my favorites:... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

The Future for the Houston Astrodome Looks Bleak

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 

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Tuesday, November 5, was a disappointing day for the Our Astrodome Coalition, the Dome Mobile team, and the Houston Astrodome. Though the Dome Mobile had an overwhelmingly positive response everywhere it went, Proposition 2 ultimately failed to pass among Harris County voters. The vote, which would have allowed bonds to be issued for the redevelopment of the Dome as the world’s largest special events space, had a closing tally of 111,888 (46.57%) for the proposition and 128,385 (53.43%) against.

A final decision regarding the fate of the Dome now rests with the Harris County Commissioners. Previously, the Commissioners had said that if the bond did not pass, they would recommend demolition. On Tuesday night, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said, "We're going to have to do something quick. We can't allow the once-proud Dome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot."... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Roamin' with the Dome Mobile: "Behind the Scenes" Edition

Posted on: November 2nd, 2013 by Grant Stevens

 


The Dome Mobile Team has perfected their setup routine, as this video demonstrates.

Last Saturday, we introduced you to the Dome Mobile and highlighted some of the messages people have been leaving on our Memory wall. This week, we‘re taking you "Behind the Scenes" of the Dome Mobile and sharing a bit more about how it all works.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Dome Sweet Dome: Houston Astrodome Fans Share Their Memories

Posted on: October 26th, 2013 by Grant Stevens

 

Astrodome. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Houston Astrodome

A 26-foot truck called the “Dome Mobile.” Three National Trust staffers. Rally towels.

How are these things connected? The three National Trust staffers take turns driving the Dome Mobile throughout Houston to hand out rally towels. And why are National Trust staffers handing out rally towels in the first place? To #SaveTheDome, of course!... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.