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A non-refundable deposit of 33% of the total fee is required to hold the venue for your event.

Fees – Includes opening the building, setting up tables and chairs, access to the catering kitchen, trash bags and cleaning supplies.

Single day event:  $200 - $1,000 based on the size and requirements. Inquire about sliding scale fee for small or not-for-profit events. 

  • Additional preparation days, as needed:  $100/each.

          Note:  In most cases, the Bona is not available for

          rental during regular business hours.

Cleaning – Trash bags and cleaning supplies are available.  
If IHS volunteers are required to clean after your event, a $100 fee will be applied.

Insurance – A certificate of insurance for liability (e.g., homeowners insurance) from your agent is required.


Tables & Chairs - Six foot banquet style tables with chairs are available.

     IndyLiving PopUp can

       provide additional chairs

       and table for picnics,

       reunions, dinner parties, 

       and other gatherings.

Access – A Handicapped entrance is available. A freight elevator provides access to setup your event as well as assisted handicapped access.

Audio/Video Equipment - a microphone and a projection screen is available. Presenters will need to provide their own laptops or projectors. 

Catering – Our kitchen is licensed for catering only.  The Bona Thompson Memorial Center has an open catering policy. A large capacity freezer, refrigerator and commercial range is provided.

Alcohol –Wine and bottled beer must be served by a licensed bartender.

​Parking – Large lot for off-street parking is available south of the building. Directional signs are available.

Irish Step Dancing during the Celtic Music concert at the Bona.  5 May 2017.

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Room Capacity

Room  Size   Dining  Standing  Theater  Classroom 
Pavey Gallary627 sf30175NA30
Kingsbury Gallery627 sf507050
Diebold Foyer
Kitchen Gallery374 sf184025

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The Bona Thompson Memorial Center offers your small event a flexible facility rich in history.

The Bona Thompson was Butler’s library and a central meeting place from its construction in 1903 to Butler’s move to Fairview Park in 1928.  Designed by the architect Jesse T. Johnson in the Neoclassical Revival style, it is the only building remaining of Butler’s Irvington campus.  

Today, the Bona showcases art and artifacts from the collections of the Irvington Historical Society and continues to offer gathering space in the heart of Irvington. Two open galleries and a catering kitchen allow your event to separate activities yet remain in a single classic site.

We invite you to visit the Bona to determine if the space is right for your event.

To schedule contact:

Phone: (317) 602-2962
Or use the adjacent contact form.

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  Capacity has been reduced 

  for Social Distancing