Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Last week, Tonia and I got away (from the boys) for a few days-- to celebrate our impending 15th anniversary (yeah!). We went to Columbus (Indiana), one of our favorite spots-- for its architecture (more below), its parks and bike trails, and its proximity to the outlet malls at Edinburgh and Brown County/Nashville (Indiana).

Urbanophile had a nice blog posting on Columbus, Indiana. One of his points is that Columbus, Indiana is more famous than Columbus, Ohio-- outside of the U.S., because of its architecture.

Urbanophile explains why:

...Columbus, a small city of about 40,000 in south-central Indiana, has one of the finest and most significant collections of modern architecture anywhere in the world. Starting in the 1950’s, a foundation backed by J. Irwin Miller, president of diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Engine Company, agreed to pay the architectural fees for public buildings such as schools, provided that the community chose from architects on his approved list. He and his company, along with many other citizens and firms, also hired top architects for private commissions. The result is dozens of buildings by world-renowned masters such as Eero Saarinen, I. M. Pei, Harry Weese, and Cesar Pelli, six of which are National Historic Landmarks, the highest designation of historic site recognized by the federal government.

The post has a number of pictures. Wikipedia has a good bit on this too. Check it out!


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