J.S. Dorton Arena

The J. S. Dorton Arena features parabolic design that boldly combined architecture and engineering, earning the building its reputation as an exceptionally significant design. Polish architect Matthew Nowicki, who conceived the structural idea for the building, died in a plane crash before construction finished. Raleigh architect William Henley Deitrick oversaw the completion of the paraboleum and made minor changes to the fenestration. The building provides a concert hall and exhibition space for the state fair.

Date: 1952

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 2010

J.S. Dorton Arena, 2010

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 1980s

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1980s

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 1950

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1950

Roof Plan. Image courtesy of Guy E. Crampton and William Henley Deitrick Papers and Drawings. Roof Plan. Guy E. Crampton and William Henley Deitrick Papers and Drawings, 1928-1977 (MC00227). Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries. July 30, 2014. http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/catalog/mc00227-003-ff0065-000-001_0004. NCSU Libraries’ Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials. View File Details Page

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1950

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1950

Roof Details. Image courtesy of Guy E. Crampton and William Henley Deitrick Papers and Drawings. Roof Details. Guy E. Crampton and William Henley Deitrick Papers and Drawings, 1928-1977 (MC00227). Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries. July 30, 2014. http://d.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/catalog/mc00227-003-ff0065-000-001_0002. NCSU Libraries’ Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials. View File Details Page

J.S. Dorton Arena, date unknown

J.S. Dorton Arena, date unknown

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 1962 NC State Fair

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1962 NC State Fair

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 1952

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1952

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J.S. Dorton Arena

J.S. Dorton Arena

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J.S. Dorton Arena

J.S. Dorton Arena

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J.S. Dorton Arena, 1975

J.S. Dorton Arena, 1975

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J.S. Dorton Arena

J.S. Dorton Arena

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Street Address:

1025 Blue Ridge Road, North Carolina State Fairgrounds [map]

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RHDC, “J.S. Dorton Arena,” Raleigh Historic, accessed June 26, 2017, http://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/140.
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