Wednesday, August 24, 2016
limestone country - brownstown, the right road
Eleven miles west of Seymour, up a rise in the rolling countryside, sits the small city of Brownstown, home of the Brownstown Central Braves. Although it's the site of another great southern Indiana sunken gym (one we will visit this coming season) our intent was to hustle west to the limestone country of Bedford & Bloomington. But that was before we were directed to the Brownstown Central Middle School and met Principal Doug McClure. Doug, like a proud parent, shared with us what is hidden & protected within the walls of his school - the old high school gymnasium. And by 'within' I mean the whole gym, outside walls & all, lives inside the Middle School. An unusual architectural solution to preserving history, complete with a nod to the WPA and the builders who came before. Thank you Brownstown for going down this path, one that other communities throughout the Hoosier state should follow. CGS.