This month marks the third annual celebration of Monroe and Lawrence Counties’ limestone heritage.
One Medium With Many Fans
Limestone Month‘s programming has included a little something for everyone, from the sculptors who come from around the world to carve at the Indiana Limestone Symposium, to the rock nerds who show up for the Gem Mineral Fossil Show Swap, to the hearty types who embark on a tour of the world’s only underground limestone quarry.
As part of the month’s offerings, Brian Keith of the Indiana Geological Survey offers walking tours of masterpieces in limestone on the Bloomington campus.
Having worked on the staff of the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University for more than thirty years, the Senior Scientist admits to a “love affair with limestone” that’s lasted nearly that long.
A Story Underneath Our Feet
Keith’s tours give tourists and townsfolk alike the opportunity to learn about how the IU campus ended up where it is, the major architectural styles of the campus buildings, and the native limestone that has served as a constant from the nineteenth century to the present.
“The stone underneath our feet,” Keith reminds the group, “is the same stone that’s on the buildings.”
Keith’s 90-minute tour focuses on the historic Old Crescent section of campus, with forays beyond it. By the end of the tour, visitors will know the difference between the High Victorian Gothic and Collegiate Gothic styles of architecture, what is and what is not, technically, a gargoyle, and the only decorative aspect of Ballantine Hall.
In addition to the tours he offers during Limestone Month, Brian Keith occasionally offers tours to such groups as the Bloomington Newcomers’ Club. He may be contacted at email@example.com.