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Carver-Hawkeye Arena

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1980–1982, CRS/The Durrant Group. Woolf Ave. near Hawkins Dr.

From a distance, and as one approaches this arena, one is aware of a low steel truss system supporting the roof. A curved, cantilevered metal band defines the edge of the roof; below this is another band, in this case of glass bricks. Most of the actual arena is sunk into the ground within a natural ravine. The curved, undulating walls of glass brick are arranged to lead one to various entrances. Within, one comes upon an oval arena with a clearspan of 300 by 340 feet. One can gain some idea of the size of this space in knowing that there are 13,200 fixed seats, and another 2,000 movable seats can be added. It all works best at night, with the glass block walls seeming to meander around the perimeter, and the low roof suspended above.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Carver-Hawkeye Arena", [Iowa City, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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