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The Metz Suite


view of suite interior with portrait of Dr. Metz, sculptures and animal heads mounted to walls

a second view with animal skins on floor

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 the foundation 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.

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