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  Cervantes Convention Center Built
Brief Description:  in 1972, St. Louis voters approved a $25 million bond issue for the construction of a convention hall, to be built in the DeSoto-Carr Urban Renewal Area. Groundbreaking took place in 1974 for the Cervantes Convention Center, which covered four blocks from Convention Plaza to Cole, and from 7th to 9th. Mayor Alfonso Cervantes had pushed for construction of the facility, so it was named in his honor. The center was completed and opened for business in 1977. The $35 million convention center, at 482,540 square feet, was among the largest in the country, able to accommodate even the largest conventions. It included 240,000 square feet of exhibition space, three auditoriums and 43 meeting rooms. An expansion of the center was completed in early 1993 at a cost of $101 million. At that time, the center was renamed America┬┤s Center. (Primm 471-72)
Year:  1974
Decade:  1970 - 1979



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