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

Images

J.S. Dorton Arena, 2010 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
J.S. Dorton Arena, 1980s Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.
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.
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.
J.S. Dorton Arena, date unknown Image courtesy of Design Library Image Collection, North Carolina State University, Libraries, Design Library.
J.S. Dorton Arena, 1962 NC State Fair Image courtesy of NC Museum of History.
J.S. Dorton Arena, 1952 Image courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries.
J.S. Dorton Arena Image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.
J.S. Dorton Arena Image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.
J.S. Dorton Arena, 1975 Image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.
J.S. Dorton Arena Image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.

Location

1025 Blue Ridge Road, North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Metadata

RHDC, “J.S. Dorton Arena,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 5, 2023, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/140.