Bona Thompson Memorial Center

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Bona Thompson Memorial Center
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Bona Thompson Memorial Library on the original campus of Butler University in the Irvington Historic District in Indianapolis, Indiana
Former names Bona Thompson Memorial LIbrary
General information
Status Complete
Address 5350 E. University Ave.
Town or city Indianapolis, Indiana
Country United States
Coordinates 39°45′59″N 86°04′36″W / 39.7665°N 86.0768°W / 39.7665; -86.0768
Current tenants Irvington Historical Society
Completed 1903
Design and construction
Architect Henry H. Dupont and Jesse T. Johnson
Irvington Historical Society

The Bona Thompson Memorial Center, formerly the Bona Thompson Memorial Library, is a historic building on the original Butler University campus in the Irvington Historic District of Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] The building was designed by Henry H. Dupont and Jesse T. Johnson. It was constructed in 1903, during the period from 1875 to 1928 when Irvington was the home of Butler University. The building is now known as Bona Thompson Memorial Center.

Except for the library and former university president's home (now Irvington United Methodist Church, locally called the "Church on the Circle"), all the other Butler University buildings in Irvington have been demolished.

Irvington Historical Society[edit]

The Bona Thompson Memorial Center houses the Irvington Historical Society and its collections of art and historical documents. The Society's art collection can be viewed in a renovated gallery space. Also on display are various art shows, including a yearly juried show. Events from meetings to weddings and receptions are held at the center.[2]


  1. ^ Hamlett, Ryan (April 23, 2013). "A Room with a View – The Bona Thompson Memorial Building – Irvington Historical Society". Historic Indianapolis. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Irvington Historical Society". Irvington Historical Society. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 

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