Originally opened in 1939 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Indiana Coliseum is an art deco monument. It has stood the test of time, hosting countless agricultural events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (and lesser known events like a Beatles concert and John F. Kennedy speech). Livestock shows love it for its grand appearance and wide open arena. The Coliseum is currently undergoing a $50+ million renovation so that it can host events for another 75 years.
I've pasted my photos of the renovation progress below. Anyone whose ever built a barn, house, or shed will appreciate how well constructed the Coliseum was in 1939. Just look at those rivets!
|Looking west. Original glass block is being restored to let in natural light.|
|Note "livestock wall" that stays true to original designs.|
For more on the renovation progress, go the the Indiana State Fair website.
By Todd Janzen