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Aug 01 2014

UNC-TV airs documentary on the Dorton Arena that features Special Collections items

UNC-TV recently aired a brief documentary program on the Dorton Arena that includes several items from Special Collections, including an architectural model (see above image) of the Dorton Arena.

The documentary included an interview with NCSU School of Architecture’s Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architecture Dr. Wayne Place, who noted that the architects of the Dorton Arena were “pushing the envelope in ways that are almost unimaginable.”  The Dorton Arena was conceived of by the Polish modernist architect Matthew Nowicki, but completed by William Henley Dietrich after Nowicki’s untimely death in a plane crash over North Africa. The documentary includes several images of Nowicki’s drawings of the Dorton Arena as he began to conceptualize the design of the building.

William Henley Deitrick’s drawings of the Dorton Arena that represent the final design can be viewed here.

For more information about the Special Collections Research Center and architectural materials, please contact us at library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu