Indiana State Fair ColiseumIndianapolis, Indiana

Recognized as a historically significant building, the Indiana State Fair Coliseum served as an event venue for the last 70 years, during which maintenance issues and an outdated design created deficiencies that became challenging.

To address these concerns, the design team introduced a bold scheme consisting of restoring the historic shell, and constructing a new interior within the shell. This work included restoring the masonry, replacing the glass blocks, and restoring the metal on the exterior. Inside, the new lobby was designed to be sensitive to the original lobby. This included reusing the original historic bronze ticket booth grilles, a new ceiling to match the cast-in-place concrete form of the historic ceiling, new terrazzo flooring with the outline of the original ticket booth locations integrated into the design, and tile faced walls to match the historic glazed block walls. A new seating bowl with modern amenities compliments the historic architecture.

The Coliseum renovation is already bearing fruit for the fairgrounds. Both IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis) Jaguars basketball and the Indy Fuel minor league hockey teams have signed long term deals to use the Coliseum as their home venue.

Browning Day served as Associate Architect to Populous.