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Wrigley Field Construction Update, November 7: 1032 W. Waveland View

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These views haven't been seen by anyone in decades.

BCB's David Sameshima and I are always looking for different and interesting ways to photograph the Wrigley Field restoration project. David's been lucky enough to get invitations to some of the area rooftops; I thank BCB's Shanghai Badger for the aerial shots he sent me last week (and we're working on doing that again).

That’s why I was glad to accept the invitation of BCB reader David Brown, a Cubs fan who recently moved to Chicago from Philadelphia and rented a second-floor apartment at 1032 W. Waveland Avenue, with an awesome view directly into the ballpark. David S., Mike Bojanowski and I were invited up Friday afternoon; Mike and I talked ballpark history with David B. while David S. took the photos you see above.

This is the building at the northwest corner of Waveland and Kenmore, and just in case you can't quite place it, it's the building where Glenallen Hill hit this colossal home run on the roof May 11, 2000:

These are views inside Wrigley Field that no one has had since the 1937 bleachers were built; David Brown told us that you can't see inside the park at all with the bleacher structure there, but right now, with nothing but the left-field inner wall standing, you get a great view of the field, and as you can see from the photos, the sprinklers happened to be on while we were there. Also while we were watching, they were digging deep into the ground behind the left-field wall (photos 4 and 8), for what will eventually be the new foundation. You can see the sandy nature of the soil in the area.

In addition to the bleacher project, you can see some of the normal maintenance work that goes on at Wrigley every offseason. The plastic sheeting behind first base is covering up some structural maintenance work and you can see that the padding on the right-field side has been removed, obviously for replacement before next season. The pads on the left-field side were also taken down. And you can see some of the leaves on the ivy turning color; many of them have already dropped off for the winter.

David Brown invited us back, so we'll have more photos from this unique view later in the offseason.