August 5, 2013

Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design

2nd Street Columbus Bridge

photo by: Sombraala, Flickr

Welcome to Columbus, Indiana, brought to you by the world's most renowned architects.

I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese: the biggest names in modern architecture -- all in the middle of Indiana? Yes, amid the Midwestern plains, Columbus, Indiana stands as a gleaming beacon for modern architecture. The city ranks sixth in the U.S. for architectural importance, according to The American Institute of Architects, just behind cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston.

This fall, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing our annual preservation conference to Indianapolis -- and Saturday, November 2 will be "Columbus Day," full of field sessions to provide a modern architecture fix.

See more than 70 buildings and pieces of public art designed by internationally renowned architects and artists, from the Louvre pyramid’s I.M. Pei and the Getty Center’s Richard Meier, to glass artist Dale Chihuly and sculptor Henry Moore. In addition to high-caliber Modernism, Columbus is also home to seven National Historic Landmarks in an electric synergy between historic buildings and contemporary design.

In anticipation of the conference, flick through the city’s modern gems below:

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Interested in being part of "Columbus Day"? Registration for the National Preservation Conference is now open.

Join us for PastForward Online 2022, the historic preservation event of the year, November 1-4, 2022.

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