Architecture: Prizewinning Arena Collapses

Kansas City showcase in ruins

Shortly after the American Institute of Architects gathered in Kansas City last week for its annual convention, dozens of members slipped off to study the city's architectural showcase: the R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Memorial Arena, the 17,000-seat sports and concert coliseum that was the site of the 1976 Republican Convention. Designed by Helmut Jahn, of the Chicago firm of C.F. Murphy Associates, the sleek, futuristic building had several distinctive structural features. One was the sweep of interior space, 324 ft. long, without a single interior support. Another was...

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