Located on the sixth floor of the Indiana Memorial Union on the Indiana
University campus in Bloomington, the Metz Suite consists of an
entire floor—eight rooms—custom built in the early 1960s as Arthur
Metz’s retirement home. As an active distinguished alumnus of IU,
Dr. Metz closed his medical practice in Chicago and move to the
campus of IU Bloomington, where he could oversee the daily business of
he created to benefit research and scholarship at IU.
Today, the Metz Suite houses the bulk of his art collections and accommodates
distinguished guests and visitors to IU, including Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dali
Lama, and former President Richard Nixon.
A large “museum-like” living room showcases the largest part of the
sculpture collection, along with trophy heads taken on Dr. Metz’s Kenyan
safari: his favorite was the water buffalo. Oak paneling, recessed lighting,
and tall gothic windows add to the formality of the setting. Atop the glass-front
bookcases filled with a variety of medical and art texts, the sculpture collection
supervises the comings and goings of the suite’s guests.