Butler University Hinkle Fieldhouse

Indianapolis, Indiana

In partnership with Ratio Architects, Rowland Design provided the interior finish and furniture design services for the phased renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse. Auxiliary spaces, such as locker rooms and study spaces for student athletes, were modernized and updated to reflect the Butler brand. Additionally, the long unused swimming pool area on Hinkle’s west side was reconfigured to house three levels of new classrooms, training facilities, and offices. The goal of this project was to provide student athletes, staff, and guests with modern amenities, while maintaining the charm of the historic building.

Aesthetics of the Wildman Room were inspired by the 1928 The Drift yearbook – the year Hinkle Fieldhouse was completed. The expanded room features rich wood paneling, a new Art Deco-style bar, and a hand painted 1920s style frieze mural depicting the life and times at Butler University. The room features comfortable lounge and dining furnishings, seven tv screens, and updated men’s and women’s restroom facilities.

Rowland Design’s role included:

  • Expansion of the Wildman Room
  • New public restrooms
  • New student-athlete academic success areas
  • New and expanded weight training room
  • New hydrotherapy room
  • New men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms
  • New football locker room
  • New volleyball locker room
  • Relocation/expansion of offices for coaches and athletic administration

Indiana Landmarks selected Butler University as the winner of its annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for the preservation of Hinkle Fieldhouse. This project was also awarded the Monumental Award, the top honor, at the Indy Chamber’s annual Monumental Awards gala.