Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by Aria Danaparamita

Columbus, Indiana: one of the densest collection of high-calibre modern architecture, it also hosts seven National Historic Landmarks. Credit: Sombraala.
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:

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

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita, or Mita, is a contributor to the PreservationNation blog and recent graduate of Wesleyan University. She enjoys walks, coffee, and short stories. Follow her odd adventures on Twitter at @mitatweets.

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