BOURBON — Recent construction of a new activities center at the Triton High School has left the Bourbon Gym (also known as the Bourbon Community Building) with an uncertain future.
As a result, Triton School Corporation is inviting proposals for the long-term lease or sale of the gym, seeking individuals or organizations with ideas for the historic building’s reuse and funds for its rehabilitation, according to the Indiana Landmarks northern regional office.
The Bourbon Gym was built in 1928 as an addition to the Bourbon school building. Generations of “Comets” basketball teams played in the gym, including the winners of boys’ sectionals in 1943, 1950 and 1962.
Designed by the Fort Wayne architectural firm Bradley and Babcock — Leroy Bradley’s wife, Cora, graduated from Bourbon High School — the building became a community centerpiece, hosting school plays, dances, assemblies, graduation ceremonies, and movies in addition to athletic events, according to Indiana Landmarks.
The Bourbon Gym is listed in the National Register, which could make it eligible for preservation tax credits.