I didn't know this.
On March 4th, 1914, the groundbreaking ceremonies at Weegham Park (which would become Cubs Park and finally Wrigley Field) took place.
Then, construction crews hauled ass and built the entire thing so it was ready for the home opener on April 23rd.
So imagine there was nothing in the above photo.
51 days later, there was Wrigley Field.
Fifty one days.
I can't find anything online that details the construction, but man is that fast.
I also can't find anything about plumbing or electrical back then, but at least we know it didn't have lights.
Our house was built in the '20s.
We had the basement and back part of it renovated, and the contractor said, "6-8 months tops".
Took about twice that long.
You find stuff in old buildings that make it more expensive and time consuming.
And the first thing our guys did was fix the foundation.
They had to put in temporary support, take out the old beam and put in a new one.
(I'm just an art guy - I think "beam" is the word they used.)
Over 100 years old and built in 51 days.
They asked the City if they could work 24 hrs a day to try to keep to their schedule.
City said "no".
Here's a quick walk around the place and imagine the big screen and left field bleachers being in place (I think structurally, but things like bathrooms might not be working) on May 11th, and right field being in place in "early June".
I'm NOT saying "Hey they built the whole thing in 51 days, how come they can't just make these renovations fast too?"
That's not a fair comparison.
But I do wonder what they're finding inside there, don't you?
Okay, going east on Waveland and on around the park:
It was a full moon when I took these shots - you can see it in the first shot.
And I took 'em on March 4th, 2015, exactly 101 years after the original groundbreaking.
Kinda spooky almost.