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State Fairgrounds landmark will be coming down

A new building will replace historic Swine Barn
Posted at 3:40 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 15:49:56-04

INDIANAPOLIS—The building where thousands gather each year during the Indiana State Fair to view the "World's Largest Male Hog" is coming down, but not for another year.

The Swine Barn, built in 1923, will be demolished following the 2020 fair.

In its place will be a $50 million multi-use facility called "Fall Creek Pavilion" that will be climate-controlled for year-around use, according to the fair commission. And perhaps, most importantly, the new building will be able to host livestock displays during the fair.

The fair commission says the current Swine Barn has many issues. It does not meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, livestock loading conditions are described as "challenging," and the building is not enclosed.

The fairgrounds hosts hundreds of events each year, besides the Indiana State Fair. Fall Creek Pavilion will have a direct connection to its neighbors to the west, the Blue Ribbon Pavilion and the Champions Building. That means indoor events at the fairgrounds can be spread out over additional space.

And in a nod to history and tradition, a key part of the old building will remain. The north facade of the Swine Barn will in incorporated into the new structure.