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55 – BCSC Headquarters

The Romanesque Revival school building was originally built with four classrooms, with a planned expansion to eight classrooms. The design was unique with a variety of flat and arched vertical windows, featuring a central bell tower and a stone arched entry. The addition and renovation converted the school into a company headquarters for Arvin Industries, including a sunken garden. The building is currently occupied by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) administrative offices.

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56 – When I Was Your Age

Created by J. Seward Johnson Jr., this piece was commissioned by Arvin for display in remembrance of their very first product, a tire pump. Cast in bronze, the clothing on the human figures is actual clothing preserved using a patina and lacquer process that the artist developed.

Located directly behind the BSCS Headquarters.

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57 – Columbus Regional Hospital

Robert A.M. Stern fashioned a master plan for Columbus Regional Hospital which included both major renovation of the existing facility and new construction. Two pavilions, a central lobby and a glass-enclosed dining pavilion are some of the newer features of the 35-acre campus site.

In contrast to a typical hospital design, Robert A.M. Stern’s design was inspired by a more friendly, hotel character and is specifically Midwestern in style, referencing Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as the Irwin House and First Christian Church.

Warm beige brick and green clay-tile roofs create an exterior in harmony with the neighborhood and Columbus’ architectural heritage. Interior design, colors and furnishings emphasize comfort and convenience to minimize patient and family anxiety.

Distinctive landscape plantings and dozens of large-format photography enhance the campus atmosphere.

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58 – Mental Health Center

Designed by James Stewart Polshek in 1972, the two-story building spans Haw Creek and is based on two offset rectangles. On one bank is Columbus Regional Hospital’s main campus and on the other is a city park and part of the 19 miles of People Trails. The site was chosen for its serene setting.

The building’s ends are solid concrete walls that cantilever over the glass entry with a single recessed window above. The west portion of the building is itself a bridge, supported with concrete piers.

Above the creek, the building features generous horizontal windows, with unique angled glass panels on the top floor creating a skylight effect for the individual rooms within.

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59 – Hamilton Center Ice Arena

The original Swiss chalet style building was designed by Harry Weese as a community building with warming house and changing rooms for an outdoor ice rink. The building exterior features rough-hewn granite boulder battered walls and glass with views to the exterior. The interior features triple-peaked roof with wood beams and planking. A central granite fireplace, highlighting the spacious interior, is surrounded by wooden benches, an inviting sight to chilled skaters.

Because of an increased community interest in ice skating and the need to extend the skating season, the community decided to enclose the outdoor rink in 1975. Koster and Associates designed the enclosure of the large ice arena as an extension of the existing center with similar exterior materials and architectural details, and now includes a regulation- sized hockey rink and an adjacent practice rink, so the facility offers year-round skating.

First Financial Bank, Harry Weese

60 – Lucabe Coffee Company

Harry Weese designed the gray-glazed brick bank (formerly Irwin Union Bank and Trust) in 1961 and Thomas Beeby designed the seamless addition in 1996. The building is sited along the Haw Creek and it blends with two nearby bridges.

The four brick towers, which originally housed drive-up windows and a depository, as well as mechanical units above, provide a prominent identity for the bank. The gray-glazed brick recalled the concrete of the adjacent bridge abutments. The architect said the “battlement towers” and adjacent creek were reminiscent of a child’s version of a castle.

The entry is a split-level with stairs stepping up to the main space and side stairs on both sides continuing up to the bank manager’s office on the open mezzanine level, featuring exceptional views.

The 1996 addition created a modern drive-up banking canopy, requiring fewer tellers. The canopy is supported by smaller brick towers, similar to the entry towers.

Find out how the Weese bank was repurposed as a coffee shop.