With thousands of convention centers worldwide, there are only a few that are named after famous individuals in history. Here are 28 convention centers that pay tribute to the people who inspired them:
Aiwan-e-Iqbal – Lahore, Pakistan.
Named after philosopher Muhammad (Allama) Iqbal.
Anthony Wayne Ballroom at Grand Wayne Convention Center – Fort Wayne, Ind., U.S.
Named after American Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
Auditoria Benito Juarez – Los Mochis, Mexico. Named after former president Benito Juárez.
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall – Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Named after former prime minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias (S.W.R.D.) Bandaranaike.
Bartle Hall Convention Center – Kansas City, Mo., U.S.
Named after former Kansas City mayor Harold Roe Bartle.
Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center – Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Named after former Utah governor Calvin L. Rampton.
Cobo Hall – Detroit, Mich., U.S.
Named after former Detroit mayor Albert Cobo.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center – Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.
Named after former Pennsylvania governor David L. Lawrence.
DeVos Place Convention Center – Grand Rapids, Mich., U.S.
Named after Richard DeVos, who donated $20 million towards its construction.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – Rosemont, Ill., U.S.
Named after former Rosemont mayor Donald E. Stephens.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – New Orleans, La., U.S.
Named after first African-American mayor in Louisiana, Ernest N. Morial.
George R. Brown Convention Center – Houston, Texas, U.S.
Named after entrepreneur George R. Brown.
Hynes Convention Center – Boston, Mass., U.S.
Named after former Boston mayor John B. Hynes.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – New York, N.Y., U.S.
Named after former U.S. senator Jacob K. Javits.
James H. Rainwater Convention Center – Valdosta, Ga., U.S.
Named after former Valdosta mayor James H. Rainwater.
Jinnah Convention Centre – Islamabad, Pakistan.
Named after the founder and first governor-general of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Named after first Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere.
Kenyatta International Conference Centre – Nairobi, Kenya.
Named after first Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta.
King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center – Dead Sea, Jordan.
Named after former King of Jordan, Hussein I.
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference and Cultural Centre – Two Mile Hill, Saint Michael, Barbados.
Named after former prime minister Lloyd Erskine Sandiford.
Mahatma Mandir – Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
Named after Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of Indian nationalism.
McCormick Place – Chicago, Ill., U.S.
Named after Robert R. McCormick, who inspired its construction.
Michael Fowler Centre – Wellington, New Zealand.
Named after former Wellington mayor Sir Michael Fowler.
Moscone Center – San Francisco, Calif., U.S.
Named after former San Francisco mayor George Moscone.
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center – Jacksonville, Fla., U.S.
Named after former CSX chairman Prime F. Osborn III.
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center – Bangkok, Thailand.
Named after Sirikit, former Queen of Thailand.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
Named after first mayor of District of Columbia, Walter E. Washington.
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center – Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Named after the first governor of Alaska William Allen Egan.
Aside from being named after famous individuals in history, convention centers have also hosted some of the biggest conventions in the world. From the early days in exhibition halls, to modern day convention centers, these buildings have welcomed millions of tourists, as well as numerous conventions and exhibitions.