Rickwood Field

1137 2nd Ave. W., Birmingham, Alabama

Photos 

Rickwood Field

1. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

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. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AL-897)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 1993
Reference number
92001826
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Sport facility
Current function
Sport facility
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant year
1910
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2011: New photos from WillyT

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