Mar 26, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT
Old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis housed minor league baseball until 1996. It was also the set for ballparks in the wonderful “Eight Men Out.” More recently it has been a grown over junkyard. But there may be new life in those old bones: as an innovative apartment complex.
Bush Stadium’s stone art deco entrance and flanking brick walls have been incorporated into the new building, and the stadium’s steel canopy forms the roof. The existing structure has been shored up and windows added to the brick walls. To create space for a wood-frame structure housing 134 residences on three stories, the team removed the stadium’s staggered concrete seating platforms and support girders.
There are architectural renderings in the linked article, which look pretty cool. I don’t suppose you could do this with all old ballparks — many had little to no charm on the outside worth preserving even if they were once nice places to see ballgames, many others had bad 1980s makeovers — but this is kind of cool.
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