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Columbus Indiana Architecture Tour

Below, Kathy shares high-lights from her journey to Columbus, Indiana for an architecture tour!

When I was in graduate school at Rice University, students were encouraged to make a pilgrimage to Columbus, Indiana to see the numerous buildings that had been designed by famous architects.  The city’s visitor center even had a special map for this architectural tour, since the town of 40,000 people was so well-known. I did my private pilgrimage a few years after school, and enjoyed some more than others, and saw every single one over a period of two days!  There was quite a variety of architecture styles; for this reason, I hope architectural students are still encouraged to visit Columbus.

Below, I highlighted some of the buildings on the Tour’s long list…

North Christian Church, designed by Eero Saarinen, completed in 1964: wonderful space still in use.

NCC Historic Pictures eero saarinen sketch


north christian construction


north christian church

Fire Station 4, designed by Robert Venturi, completed in 1967:

fire station 4 venturi

“The Commons,” by Boston firm Koetter Kim, a shopping/community center with a playful kinetic sculpture: 

the commons rendering



Columbus East High School, designed by Mitchell-Giurgola Architects in 1972:

columbus east hs mitchell giurgola

Other well-known architects who designed buildings there were: Roche & Dinkeloo; The Architects Collaborative; Caudill, Rowlett, Scott; Hardy, Holtzman, Pfeiffer; Harry Weese; SOM (below, bottom); Eliel Saarinen; John Johansen; Eliot Noyes; John Carl Warnecke; Richard Meier; Gwathmey Siegel; Leers, Weinzapfel & Associates; Robert AM Stern; Kohn Pedersen Fox (below, top); Perkins and Will; I.M. Pei; Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; and more!

The architectural tour seems even stronger, now up to 70 buildings & structures. Follow this link to read more!

KPF columbus learning center