Morehouse College 1996 Olympic Basketball Arena & Site Venue
Moody•Nolan, Inc. served as the Architect-of-Record for the Olympic Basketball Venue Arena which housed the preliminary rounds of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games men’s and women’s basketball tournament. To meet the aggressive 20 month design and construction schedule, Moody•Nolan developed a project management system that constantly kept the owner abreast of the project, working closely with the consultants and pre-selected general contractor. Following the games, the facility was given to Morehouse College. The 6,000 seat (2,000 retractable) basketball arena, used for international broadcast, was an addition to an existing gymnasium and pool facility and designed for multi-event use by student recreation and athletics.
NY Times Letter to the Editor by Joyce Mendelsohn
New York, Sept. 22, 1993
No mention is made in the controversy over Duke University's efforts to add black faculty members (front page, Sept. 19) that much of the Duke campus was designed by a black architect, Julian Francis Abele.
Born in Philadelphia in 1881, Abele received a degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. With financial support from Horace Trumbauer, the architect, he went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became its first American black graduate. Abele returned to Philadelphia to join Trumbauer's firm, where he was chief designer from 1909 to 1938, the date of Trumbauer's death, after which he was a partner until his own death in 1950.