Houston's Astrodome should be preserved for its "tremendous aesthetic power" and to restore "American confidence," writes Christopher Hawthorne, the architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times. Designed by Hermon Lloyd and W.B. Morgan, the building's elements include the outer surface "wrapped in a steady, repeating rhythm of slender columns, the space between them filled with concrete screens in a delicate diamond-shaped pattern," notes Hawthorne. However, state voters disapproved a rehabilitation proposal for the structure that would have converted it into a mixed-use center.

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