Columbus, Indiana may be a town of only 39,000 people, but as a showcase of modern architecture, it ranks along five of America ‘s biggest cities. Six buildings constructed in Columbus between 1942 and 1965 are listed as National Historic Landmarks. As many as sixty other buildings in Columbus are also notable for their design.
The age of Modern Architecture in Columbus began in 1942 with the dedication of the First Christian Church which was designed by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Since then, local businessmen and community leaders have worked together to engage world renowned architects in the design of a series of dramatic new buildings. This community spirit is seen today in many buildings, including churches, schools, businesses and a library. The result is a city and community that holds a unique place in Indiana history.
The city boasts buildings designed by such well know architects as Harry Weese, Richard Meier, Kevin Roache, and I.M. Pei. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus sixth in the nation for its architectural innovation and design. The ranking put Columbus in the company of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.