It’s proven to be a bigger success than anticipated: with lofts at Indianapolis’s renovated Bush Stadium sold out this summer, Core Redevelopment is building 144 flats at the former home of the Indianapolis Indians (Class AAA; International League).
The 1931 ballpark, which opened as Perry Stadium, had sat empty for several years after the Indians moved to a new downtown Indianapolis ballpark. With plans floating around to tear down the historic structure, Core Redevelopment pitched a unique reuse for the facility: conversion of the grandstand to apartments, with a playing field now marked by concrete.
The plan was a huge success: the apartments sold out and fueled demand for more. In a smart design move, the great architectural touches were left intact.
The ivy is no longer on the outfield wall, but many features stand still in time. Ticket windows are closets and pantries. The ornate Art Deco columns and iron turnstiles mark the main entrance. And 1960s stadium seating adorns the lobby. The infield diamond is stamped in concrete, and the lights that illuminated night games soar over the former grandstand. The interior walls are lined with black-and-white photos from the early years, a multipurpose room has been named “The Bull Pen,” and each unit is marked by a stadium seat number.
It’s the perfect fit for [Geralyn] Strecker, who teaches in the English department at Ball State University and says her passion for baseball predates the AAA Indians’ move to Victory Field.
Her one-bedroom apartment rents for $699 a month. Two-bedrooms units lease for $1,199. Each apartment includes cherry kitchen cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and full-sized washers and dryers. Ground-floor apartments step onto the green space of the baseball field, and upper-level apartments are equipped with balconies.
Top two photos courtesy Core Redevelopment; third photo via flickr.com; bottom rendering courtesy Develop Indy.
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