Inspired by last week’s State Fair: Our beloved #Dorton Arena. The “Paraboleum” as it was intended to be called opened in 1952. Designed by Nowicki and completed by local Dietrick. An anomaly even for its #modernist contemporaries! It’s been on the registry of #historic places since ‘73 so it belongs to #Raleigh for good :) top pic from Raleigh philosophical society. #tbt #throwbackthursday #dortonarena #statefair #ncstatefair #nc #architecture