Indiana State Fairgrounds: Coliseum – Indianapolis IN

Description

“Architect Merritt Harrison considered this building his finest creation. PWA (Public Works Administration) funds made it possible for the Fair Board to build this structure, which was to be a “Livestock Pavilion.” Harrison used tan brick and Indiana limestone on the exterior. The style is Art Deco. When you go inside, notice the ticket booth grilles–cast brass in the form of ears of corn. On the outside, notice how most of the corners are rounded or stepped back, a hallmark of the Deco style.

Like the track, the Coliseum has been used for many events. It was the best and largest indoor live performance house in the state, that’s why the Beatles held their only Indiana concert here in 1964. Before MSA was built in the early 1970s, the Indiana Pacers played here. But during the Fair, the Coliseum serves its intended role as champion horses and cattle are judged and awarded inside.”

Source notes

http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4098.htm

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on September 13, 2017.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


1202 E 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN

Coordinates: 39.827571, -86.135116

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.