Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Work continues

Completely rebuilt RF Pavilion after finally getting the perfect combination of blueprints together. The 1934-era seating, roof truss, bowl and concrete supports are all done, just need to apply the roof and build the concourse structures and it'll be 100% done.

In the meantime, one of my favorite shots from the web, from the bleacher reconstruction a few offseasons ago:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The difference a year makes



Just uploaded 213 new photos to my picasa page: 4.25.10 Fenway

Sunday, February 28, 2010

As goes baseball...

goes the project. There will be more work and updates as the season gets into full swing, and I can again visit Fenway for research. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12.8.09 Status Update

I realized that I really haven't posted any overviews of the park. At this point, the park is in total disarray, as I'm working on old blueprints and backwards from blurry photos of the concourses for everyhing not often seen in the park.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Left Field wall 1934-1936




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weird Fenway

First a brief status update. I've broken each of the main sections of the seating bowl into components: The LF pavilion, home plate grandstand, RF/HP connection, RF pavilion, and bleachers. I'm currently adding detail to each section until it's reasonably complete, and rotating around the part (adding seat section signs, ads, textures, concrete supports, etc). The RF pavilion and bleachers are complete, LF pavilion is getting there.

Now, here are some of the weirdest parts of Fenway I've come across, areas that have no logical reason for existing. In no particular order.

From 7.2.09 Fenway

Where: the junction of walkways surrounding Section 27 Instead of having the existing home plate grandstand section bisect a new LF seating for the 1934 renovations, they decided to jam the LF into the existing edge of the HP section, and this was the result. Of special note is the single seat wedged behind two walkways.

From 7.2.09 Fenway

Where: same

Notice how the walkway height is so dramatically different from the seating section to the right. Amazingly, there is no railing to keep people from tumbling down after tripping getting into their seats, but there is one if you pay more for the loge boxes.

From Fenway 6.19.09

Where: the connection between the CF and RF parts of the bleachers.

Nobody really ever bothered trying to come up with a unified number scheme for the bleachers, so in one walkway you have two rows on the same level.
From Fenway 6.19.09

Where: Dead center in the bleachers

This requires a bit of explanation. Given how the CF bleachers look at Fenway, you can walk up 20 rows of seats to find out that even though you are on the right side of the section (i.e. if you have seat number 4, it makes more sense to be by seat 1 than by seat 25), you are actually next to the Landsdowne St. wall, and have to walk all the way around and back up. This can get slightly annoying in the middle of the game.
From 7.2.09 Fenway

Where: LF junction, below GS section 27

This is remarkable for so many reasons. One, you have a row that sits in the middle of a walkway, and still costs upwards of $80. Two, the row is connected to 2x8 wood boards instead of, you know, concrete. Thirdly, we have the ridiculous layout of the concrete itself, visible here:

From 7.2.09 Fenway

Altogether, just an astonishing setup. I wouldn't be surprised to see this entire area redone this offseason, since this has clearly been messed up since the removals of the bullpens from the foul lines in 1939.

Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of two of my favorite other entries in the park. One is the concourse portal to nowhere by first base, which appears to just dump you out in an unused, awkward walkway downstairs. And secondly, the single loge section down the LF line that has been built outwards from the concrete by a foot at a later date for no apparent reason.

More to come as update the park.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Quick Update

Work begins on RF corner detail work.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

When Life Intervenes

The project hasn't been forgotten, just put on a temporary hold while I take care of a major drafting project at work. Once I've completed that to my satisfaction, it will be a dream to get back to Classic Fenway.

For the project itself, all supports are set for the park, and the last work completed was exterior work on the RF, then moving around the park clockwise from there.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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