August  28 to September 1, 2019

Tickets are in demand. Some sites do not take more than 12 people at the same time,

there will be a maximum of 10 of us, therefore I need to know extremely soon who wants to come.   


Columbus reputation as one of the richest architectural city in the country is growing all the time.  This amazing display of good design came from the vision of  J. Irwin Miller, 2nd CEO and a nephew of a Co-Founder of Cummins Inc., the Columbus-headquartered diesel engine manufacturer. He instituted a program in which the Cummins company paid the architects' fee,  compiled a list of architects he thought could do honor to the city.  The plan was initiated with public schools and was so successful that Miller decided to defray the design costs of fire stations, public housing, and other community structures. 
The high number of notable public buildings and sculptures in the Columbus area, designed by such individuals as Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Cesar Pelli, and Richard Meier have led to Columbus earning the nickname "Athens of the Prairie."

Six buildings, built between 1942 and 1965, are National Historic Landmarks, and approximately 60 other buildings sustain the Bartholomew County seat's reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.

The Columbus Area Visitors Center has done an excellent job at promoting this extraordinary city so rich in architectural gems.

It is a city that makes you wonder why other towns are not paying more attention to better design by offering architects the means

to create aesthetically and practical buildings that could add to the pleasure of the eyes of his inhabitants and visitors.

We will be there at the beginning of the 2019 Exhibit Columbus, an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community.

Day 1 - Wednesday August 28 - 

Fly to Indianapolis.(Airfare not included) If you arrive between 3PM and 6PM , you will be ale to jump on our minibus to go to Columbus. Otherwise you will need to rent a car for one way since we will be driven back to Indianapolis on Saturday.

Day 2 - Thursday August 29
Each day there will be different buildings to visit, from the seven buildings included in the exclusive National Historic Landmarks program, to the 90+ noticeable buildings designed by architects like I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Dale Chihuly, Cesar Pelli, SOM, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, HOK, etc…..We will also visit the Miller House designed by Eero Saarinen, one of the most beautiful mid-century modern house.

There are about 17 school designed by talented architects between 1967 and 20111.

14 Public Buildings are worth a look including the 1969 Cleo Rogers Memorial Library by I.M. Pei and the 1970 Columbus Post Office by Kevin Roche or the 1981 Columbus City Hall by Edward Bassett and the best looking county jail I have ever seen by Don M. Hisaka.

Day 3 - Friday August 30 -

Continuation of visiting amazing public art displayed in the city as well as major buildings. There are at least 4 churches, the most famous having been designed by the Saarinen's father and son. 5 exquisite fire-stations, one historical having been built in 1941 by Leighton Bowers in Art Deco Style.

Day 4- Saturday August 31 -

We drive  to Indianapolis and  visit  the Indianapolis Art Museum, one of the largest and best museum of arts in the country. Built on a 160 acres campus, it includes several buildings from different eras, each with its one particular architectural history. The grounds are spectacular and show what intelligent, well thought and carefully planned landscape can do to enhance the architectural personality of buildings. Dinner together. Night in Indianapolis.

Day 5 - Sunday September 1 - You will be driven to the airport either with the hotel shuttle or by private car.  


 3 nights in Columbus ~ 1 night in Indianapolis

3 dinners - 3 lunches - 4 breakfasts


Accident/sickness insurance

transportation in Columbus and back to Indianapolis

Visit of the Miller house and gardens designed by  Eero Saarinen

Guided visits of Columbus' architectural gems and street art works comprising of about 60 buildings.

Driven from hotel in Indianapolis to Airport.

$1825 per person in double occupancy

$2050 per person in single occupancy


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