Architecture: Challenge to Apollo

Houston, the headquarters for the manned space program, last week launched a festival that on the civic scale amounted to an Apollo program for the arts.

Prime showcase was Houston's new 3,001-seat concert hall, named for the late Jesse H. Jones, former owner of the Houston Chronicle and F.D.R.'s wartime Secretary of Commerce. His Houston Endowment Inc. had laid out $7,300,000 for the travertine-faced structure that is the centerpiece for Houston's new cultural complex. No expense was spared. When a fireplug by the entrance created a jarring esthetic note, it was chrome-plated. And when Jesse T. Jones Jr., nephew of...

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