Friday keynote reflects on architecture and its use

Exhibit Columbus spent Friday and Saturday celebrating the city’s design, architecture and arts with the “Foundations and Futures,” symposium.

The celebrations included a Friday night keynote address at the Commons where decision-makers met on stage with the architects who had been charged with carrying out the client’s vision.

A nearly standing room only crowd filled the upstairs of the Commons to hear the discussions.

Lynne Maguire was part of the team that determined that Columbus Regional Hospital needed a facelift in the mid-to-late 80s.


Maguire was joined by architect Robert A.M. Stern and hospital president and CEO, Jim Bickel. Stern talked about the task he faced.


Other discussions on Friday night were centered around Mill Race Park and the Hope Branch of the Bartholomew County Library.  Beth Booth Poor, was the head of the Bartholomew County Public Library when the Hope branch of the library was being designed by architect Deborah Berke.


Berke talked about the issues surrounding the space, on the Hope Town Square, along with her goals for the building.