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Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana is one of a few absolutely amazing buildings in the town.

This Ripley County attraction has a neat history and memorable architecture!

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

The Tyson Auditorium is really a grand space! When it was first built in the early 1950′s, it had more seating than there were people in the town! Now that’s good planning!

After one look at the Tyson Auditorium, I’d believe it! The building just towers over the street below. It’s absolutely incredible.

It also came in useful when the Milan Indians outgrew their home gym and had to hold games here at the Tyson Auditorium. You know, when folks came in droves to see the team play!

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Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

The last I heard, however, the outlook is not so good on this amazing building.

The school corporation was consolidated in 2008. So, this building lacks a purpose. Although the town has ownership, well, that’s a lot of building for a small Indiana town to handle! I hope to see it turned into a community space that everyone can enjoy.

Sprawling yet in such great shape (at least from what I could tell on the outside) it’s a building that, once you see it, kind of makes you gasp in awe.

They certainly do not make them the way they used to.

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Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Auditorium in Versailles, Indiana

When in Versailles, Indiana, make it a point to drive by the Tyson Auditorium. Better yet–maybe you can come up with a way to save this bit of Indiana history.

Only a short jaunt down the street from Tyson Temple United Methodist Church, it’s easy to fit it all in.

UPDATE: As of 2011, Tyson Auditorium has been renamed and turned into a community activity center. The school is now apartments.

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Tyson Auditorium
100 S High Street
Versailles, Indiana 47042

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Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner, Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS and Publisher of the little Indiana Quarterly magazine. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 7 and 3) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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