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Historic Preservation & Archaeology > Public Outreach > Travel Itineraries > Indiana State Fair Architectural Tour > State Fair Architecture Tour - Cattle Barn (Now the West Pavilion) - c.1924 State Fair Architecture Tour - Cattle Barn (Now the West Pavilion) - c.1924

West PavilionDesigned to harmonize with the Swine Barn, also by the same architects. The corner towers idea was common on other open air pavilions of the time period, and, in fact, is an architectural feature that was used on many earlier (now demolished) State Fair buildings. Look for the corner tower feature on other historic Fair Grounds buildings. Do they look like houses of the era? In fact, they are! Many places inside the Fair Grounds buildings have seasonal living quarters so that the buildings and animals can have on-site supervision at all hours during the Fair. When inside these and other 1920s buildings at the Fair Grounds, look up at the ceiling. Builders were able to make large clear spans by using the same technology used in making metal bridges of the time. The elaborate diagonal trusses made out of steel are durable and remarkable for their engineering.

West Pavilion
West Pavilion

West Pavilion
West Pavilion