#ThursdayDoors — Ball Gymnasium

Upon return to my old campus, I made several selections for #ThursdayDoors posts. This one is Ball Gymnasium, finished in 1925.
It’s currently where Burris Laboratory School plays. Burris is a K-12 school where Ball State’s teachers-in-training first teach.

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Ball Gymnasium is an historic athletic and recreational complex with features that include an elevated indoor jogging track, swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, and fitness studios. From 1925 to 1963, the Ball Teachers College Cardinals (first dubbed Hoosieroons) played their home basketball games here.”

 

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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61 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Ball Gymnasium

  1. Benson says:

    Now that is an entry. The whole thing is impressive. Imagine if the brass was shined. Hoosieroons?!

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  2. it has been a few years now that i left Muncie in my rearview mirror…now having some flashbacks. 🙂

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  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    ooo – I love a building that looks like it could be a chess piece! Beauty!

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely find. Gorgeous dark oak and smooth worn brass hardware. Joanne’s right, that central tower does look like it could be a chess piece 😀

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  5. loisajay says:

    Those doors look amazing–and so many of them! I can imagine people streaming in and out…great post, Joey.

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  6. Very cool photos, I love going back to campus. And that gymnasium name…works with both capital and small “B”.

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  7. I look forward to this spot every week. You always share the coolest things. I think Hoosieroons is a great team name and they should have kept it.

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    • joey says:

      Well that’s good to know, thanks 🙂
      I’m not a fan of Hoosieroons. We say Chirp Chirp cause we’re Cardinals, what would we say if we were Hoosieroons? 😛 Can you imagine? *bets you can*
      I’m glad you like them.

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  8. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful series of doors! Love the combination of wood with metal. Seeing back one’s “old” school, my mind gets flooded with memories. Do you have that?

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    They don’t make doors like that for schools anymore, that’s for sure. You’re brave – I hate returning to schools that I attended – except the university.

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  10. Jewels says:

    Great set of doors! 🙂

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  11. scr4pl80 says:

    What great doors!!

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  12. Like how you present the photos from macro to closeup on the detail.
    Do I assume correctly that you passed through these doors in your first year as teacher-in-training?

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    • joey says:

      Well, no, not exactly. This is a gym on Ball State’s campus, so I’ve been in there to walk the track with friends, but I never went to the gym as a teacher with students. Burris Laboratory school is another place entirely, but their sporting events are held at Ball Gym.Two separate places. But yes, I did teach at Burris several times, we all did 🙂
      I’m sorry if I didn’t make that clear. People are always asking what the building does now, so I wanted to include that.
      (Cause Ball State has a multi-million dollar arena now, and the Cardinals don’t play in Ball gym anymore.)

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  13. That’s a great old building! it reminds me of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. It’s the same era. The library was finished in 1930.

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  14. Dan Antion says:

    I’m gonna vent on your page cause Joey understands. WordPress is making me login to EVERY site I visit before I can like the post. Then, it’s making me login AGAIN and enter name, email and blog site EVERY time I want to comment !!! 😡😤

    Ok, back to you. I love that building and those doors! I can picture a mob of kids blowing through them. I can slmost hear it.

    This was a great Doors post.

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  15. Luanne says:

    Beautiful building and beautiful doors. Buildings like that do my spirits well. What will happen when most of them are gone :(?

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    • joey says:

      May they never! Ball State University has an incredible architecture program, and these things are prized. Going away isn’t likely to happen to such an historical building there 🙂

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      • Luanne says:

        So glad to hear that. My school Western Michigan University had the entire original old campus left and they tore most of it down last year. We lost the fight to keep it. So sad.

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        • joey says:

          Oh, that is VERY sad. Ugh.
          Many of BSU’s have had restoration and even interior gutting and overhaul, but their true character stays intact.

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          • Luanne says:

            I love that. I wish we had been able to manage that at WMU. It doesn’t even fit with the Kalamazoo image, but I guess it was all about money.

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            • joey says:

              So sad.
              I will say, given the dorm in which I got to see the interior, the renovation resulted in smaller rooms, which is obviously also all about money. I don’t know what it was like for you, if you dormed, but I didn’t sleep three feet from another student. Our room was fairly spacious.

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              • Luanne says:

                Oh, that is a shame. Typical, though, because the average apartment size has gotten smaller as houses have gotten bigger! I lasted one night with a roommate at the dorm. She moved in ahead of me, and the window sill was already completely lined with cigarette butts. I applied for a private room the next day. It was a real shame because it isolated me too much, but I couldn’t have lived with that girl.

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                • joey says:

                  OH MY.
                  I took the single room for 5 semesters myself. I didn’t feel isolated, or I’m too introverted to care. I had QUITE the rotation of roommates before that. Oh the stories I could tell. Ugh. So drama. I only had one I really, really liked and she ran off to get married. *sigh*

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                  • Luanne says:

                    You drove her off? hahaha, just kidding. I think it was that I had the single room after one day on campus. I hadn’t met a soul. And then I had to pay for the dorm myself and ran out of money after one semester and had to move home. So then I “ran off” and got married next year.

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  16. I love these solid doors and the huge archway too!

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  17. Wow! I like details in the stonework. The doors are awesome. I love that the hardware is so well worn. 🙂

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  18. A gym that looks like a castle, that’s so cool, Joey. 🙂

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  19. marianallen says:

    LOVE the Burris Lab building! It’s like a freakin’ CASTLE!

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  20. Those are some impressive and gorgeous doors! I love the whole building actually.

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  21. reocochran says:

    This was so fascinating to me! So the education department uses this building for their practicing teaching? It’s almost midnight so if I have this wrong ignore my comments.
    Lucky Ball State education students!!
    This is a gorgeous building, really heavy duty wooden doors with beautifully aged brass bar handles and the arched area with Windows above these doors is a great “cherry on top” detail.

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