From the early 1960's until 1972, Pontiac's own, Don Davidson (1929-1987) worked as an urban planner/designer and architect while designing and coordinating many developments across the nation. He then worked as a professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Detroit. He was best known for two local projects, the Pontiac Silverdome Stadium and the Pontiac Plan, - Pontiac Times, Dec. 7, 1973
During the initial phase of the stadium planning prior to 1968, Davidson and his University of Detroit architecture class along with Bruno Leon, Dean of Architecture conceived and designed the stadium as part of an overall urban renewal project for the city of Pontiac and surrounding area. Davidson ultimately was hired as Chief Project Designer by the architectural firm, O'dell, Hewlett & Luckenbach.
After the completion of the stadium project, Davidson was pleased to know that a major part of his life long dream for the city of Pontiac had become a reality with the construction of an 80,000 seat 'state of the art' sports complex that, in his own words, "has a symmetrical layout fashioned after the ancient Roman Colosseum."
|Artist Rendering of the Pontiac Stadium / Silverdome - Pontiac Times Newspaper Photo, 1974|