Book the Bona

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

The Bona Thompson was Butler University’s library from 1903 to 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 collection of the Irvington Historical Society and offers gathering space in the heart of Irvington. Two 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.


Tables & Chairs – 24 Six-foot banquet-style tables and 72 chairs are available.People at the Bona

Access – A wheelchair-accessible entrance is available. A freight elevator provides access from the lower level to the kitchen.

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

Catering – Our kitchen is licensed for catering only.  The Bona Thompson Center has an open catering policy. A freezer  and refrigerator are provided.

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

Parking – Street parking is available, and GUEST parking spots are available in a lot northwest of the building. Directional signs are available.

Room Capacity

Capacity has been temporarily reduced to allow for social distancing. 

Pavey Gallery627 sq. ft.15 N/A15
Kingsbury Gallery627 sq. ft.25 2525
Diebold Foyer   15N/A
Kitchen Gallery374 sq. ft.9 1512


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 fees for small or not-for-profit events. 

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

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.


Note:  In most cases, the Bona is not available for rental during regular business hours.

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