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Blakeview: Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis Jr., architect of the 'Dome 

Curtis was born Nov. 29, 1917

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of a man who left an indelible mark on New Orleans and its skyline. Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis Jr. is best known as the architect of the Superdome, but his work is seen in dozens of other buildings around the world. Born Nov. 29, 1917 in Auburn, Alabama, Curtis was the son of a noted architect who served as the first dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture. The younger Curtis earned a degree in architecture from Tulane in 1940. In 1946, he partnered with Arthur Q. Davis to form the firm Curtis and Davis Architects. Curtis' signature project was the Superdome, which opened in 1975. "In the case of the Louisiana Superdome, men dared to imagine a versatile structure of unprecedented size," Curtis wrote in his autobiography. "The result is heroic and classic in its awesome scale and emotional impact." Another prominent 1960s project was the Rivergate convention facility, which was demolished in 1995 to make way for Harrah's casino. After selling Curtis and Davis in 1978, Curtis established his own firm. He died in 1997.


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