john schwegmann, jr. COLLECTION
University of New Orleans
for Requesting Special Collections Materials
locations: Primarily New Orleans, La.
Inclusive dates: 1966 - 1978
of clippings and correspondence compiled by John Schwegmann, Jr. in his
opposition to the Louisiana Superdome.
Access: No restrictions
rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.
Schwegmann, Jr. Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
The Superdome was embroiled in tremendous controversy from its very inception
-- a building in New Orleans
to be financed by funds generated in part from the northern part of the
State. The concept of a domed stadium
was attacked, and the method of financing provoked numerous lawsuits from such
as John Schwegmann, the supermarket king.
Almost every day there appeared a story on television or in the
newspaper about the Superdome. The man
who prevailed in this turmoil was David Dixon, who proposed the building in the
first place. He derived his authority
and power from then-Gov. John J. McKeithen, to whom Dixon initially sold the idea for the
There was still unbelievable
pressure from architects, not only in Louisiana,
but nationwide. Political pressure was
intense until Dixon
transferred the problem of architect selection to a Committee of Deans from the
Tulane School of Architecture, the Louisiana
School, and the Louisiana
State University School of Environmental Design. The Committee, after extensive televised
interviews, selected Curtis and Davis to lead the design team for the
building. Two firms were forced onto the
design team by Mayor Victor Schiro and others, and a violent argument as to who
would be in charge of the project ensued.
The argument was settled by then-Gov. McKeithen, Dave Dixon, and Theo
Cangelosi, a Baton Rouge
Source: Nathaniel Curtis,
“The Rivergate.” http://www.rivergate.tulane.edu/chapter4.html Accessed July 1, 2006.
225-1 Clippings and correspondence,
unknown date, 1966 - 1976, 1978.
Louisiana—Politics and government—1951-
New Orleans (La.)—Buildings,
Schwegmann, John, Jr.
Sports facilities—Louisiana—New Orleans