Hinkle Fieldhouse to receive $700,000 in preservation funds


College basketball fans already knew Hinkle Fieldhouse was a national treasure. The government agrees.

The Indianapolis structure, built in 1928, is one of 61 projects that will receive $700,000 in federal historic preservation funds, as the Indianapolis Star reported.

“Ours is the national cathedral of basketball,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier told the paper.

Originally called Butler Fieldhouse and later renamed for longtime coach Tony Hinkle, it was the largest arena in the country when built 83 years ago to the tune of $800,000. The grant money will support repair of weather-related corrosion to the supporting steel and address damage to the window systems.

Hinkle and the Washington National Cathedral were among those who received the top amount as part of the Save America’s Treasures grant. And it still needs more help.

The school is in the early planning stages of a $10 million project to modernize the fieldhouse, but it’s in a “quiet phase” right now.

Here’s a thought: Can’t they get residuals from Hoosiers?

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