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Students envision church's rebirth

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Indiana University design students envision a rebirth of the old St. Bartholomew Catholic Church as an artist colony or multi-cultural center. They have presented design concepts ranging from loft apartments and an international market to floating boxes that serve as artist studios.

The project served primarily as an exercise, and owners and the community can — but are not obligated to — accept any of the proposals.

For more than 10 years, the old church has languished unused and slowly fallen into disrepair. Some of the structure's red bricks are crumbling. Weeds have fought their way through cracks in the asphalt in front of the building. Vegetation is sprouting at the top of the steeple.

Please read Friday's edition of The Republic for more details.

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