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Rickwood Field, 1137 Second Avenue West, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL



B&W Photos

HB40976
Aerial View Looking West

HB40977
Aerial View Looking Southwest

HB40978
Northeast, 2nd Avenue Side, Looking South

HB40979
View From North Corner

HB40980
Northeast Side, Looking Southeast

HB40981
Northeast Side, Showing Concrete And Steel Structural System, And Ramp Exit Beneath Stands


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Item Title


Location
1137 Second Avenue West, Birmingham, AL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS AL-897
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N100).
Significance: Erected in 1910, the original concrete and steel grandstand at Rickwood Field is the oldest baseball grandstand on the same site in the United States. The grandstand forms the core of an historic ballpark which includes a 1928 Mission-style entryway and other subsequent additions. Modeled after Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, Rickwood is one of the few grandstands which remain as a testament to the now classic early twentieth-century style of ballpark construction. The stadium was built by local industrialist A.H. "Rick" Woodward, III for his Birmingham Barons baseball club, and was also home to the Birmingham Black Barons, and the Oakland A's farm teams. As a center for leisure-time activity, the field was an important social and cultural institution in this southern industrial city from the 1910s through the 1970s.

Subjects
Baseball
Stadiums


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST
2. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
3. NORTHEAST, 2ND AVENUE SIDE, LOOKING SOUTH
4. VIEW FROM NORTH CORNER
5. NORTHEAST SIDE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
6. NORTHEAST SIDE, SHOWING CONCRETE AND STEEL STRUCTURAL SYSTEM, AND RAMP EXIT BENEATH STANDS
7. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION OF ENTRY GATE
8. ARCADE OF SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ENTRY GATE, LOOKING SOUTH
9. INTERIOR VIEW OF ENTRY GATE SHOWING ENTRYWAYS AND TICKET BOOTHS IN BACKGROUND, TURNSTILES IN FOREGROUND, LOOKING EAST-SOUTHEAST
10. INTERIOR VIEW OF ENTRANCE AREA SHOWING STEEL STRUCTURE, TICKET WINDOWS (LEFT) AND EXIT RAMPS, ETC., LOOKING EAST
11. VIEW OF PLAYING FIELD FROM BEHIND BACKSTOP, LOOKING NORTH-NORTHEAST TOWARDS THE PITCHER'S MOUND
12. VIEW OF PLAYING FIELD WITH HOME PLATE TO CENTER, STANDS IN THE BACKGROUND AND DUGOUT IN THE FOREGROUND, LOOKING WEST
13. INTERIOR VIEW OF DUGOUT
14. STEEL TRUSSES SUPPORTING ROOF OVER STANDS
15. GENERAL VIEW OF PLAYING FIELD LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHWEST


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