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October 31 to November 5, 2024


 Some sites do not take more than 12 people at the same time,

there will be a maximum of 11 of us, therefore I need to know extremely soon who wants to come.   

Columbus' reputation as one of the richest architectural cities in the country is growing all the time.  

AIA describes it as the nation's 6th most architecturally important city.

This amazing display of superior 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' fees, 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, Kevin Roche and Richard Meier

have led to Columbus earning the nickname "Athens of the Prairie."

Columbus has seven buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners:
Kevin Roche (4), I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi
and seven American Institute of Architects Gold Medal winners.


Download a PD list of all the architects & architectural firms that have worked in Columbus 

Six buildings, built between 1942 and 1965, are National Historic Landmarks,

and approximately 60 other buildings sustain the Bartholomew County's reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.

What people who were on the May 10 to 15, 2022, tour to Columbus, Indiana, thought:


After 15 years of taking your Continuing Education Seminars, & earlier this month my first travel to Columbus Ind., I want to let you know the enjoyment I had with you & the other Architects & designers discovering what a small community has accomplished for more than 50 years.

I always looked forward to your seminars in Florida. I was always hesitant to bring my wife along. Now I can’t wait for the next trip you have planned. Your knowledge of architecture & all the Arts from music to painters, has driven me to extreme design for my clients.

You have made me more aware of our environment which I have instituted in our projects. Once again, thanks for all you brought to me

& others in the last tour.

Steven Cohen, AIA

Dear Jean:

The trip to Columbus to visit the array of buildings by so many renowned architects in one small town was exciting, and it was a great pleasure.  Your knowledge and expertise in explaining and discussing these works were, as usual, exceptional.  The arrangements for guides and transportation to get us around the area went smoothly and made it easy for us to see everything. 

We have learned, over the years, that when we travel with you to significant places, be it Morocco or Italy or Columbus, Indiana, it will be a rich and well-organized experience.  It will also be fun!

Thanks much, Jean!

Best, Bill

William C. Zoller AIA

William & Janice Zoller traveled with me to Southwest France, Morocco, Northern Italy and took many CEU Seminars since 2014.

Comments Columbus

"Dear Jean,

Once again, thank you for an incredible architectural tour!  Columbus Indiana was a great choice for seeing some of the world’s best architects and designers represented in a fairly small city full of interesting history and very friendly people. For me, I was very impressed with the research you did before hand, to find such a great hotel which was not only nice and comfortable, but also was centrally located so that we could easily navigate from there every day.  I was also impressed with the places you selected to visit.  We had a variety of churches, houses, library, City Hall, schools, etc. and all of the guides were great.  Our lunch venue was perfect, as I’m sure it’s difficult finding places who can accommodate 12 people with short notice.  My favorite sites were Miller’s House, the Library, and the new IVY College.  I also LOVED the Picasso exhibit at the Newfield’s Museum. What a great trip! 

Thank you," 

Caron Kelly. interior Designer

"Hello Jean, 

 Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable architectural tour. I  had no idea there were so many beautiful buildings in one small town in the mid-west. My father who was also an architect suggested we travel to Columbus thirty years ago and somehow life got in the way so we never made the trip. This visit brought back a lot of fond memories for me. Your knowledge of the architects and their projects in Indiana made the trip very special. I look forward to additional architectural tours with you.  

Thank you again and hope to see you soon,"

Gary Kelly, architect

Caron and Gary Kelly have traveled with me to Savannah, South West France, Loire Valley & Paris, Rome-Venice-Veneto, Greece, and took many CEU seminars since 2013, and will be on a tour to Portugal in May 2023.


4 nights in Columbus ~ 1 night in Indianapolis

2 dinners - 5 lunches - 6 breakfasts

Books - Maps

Accident/sickness insurance


Transportation: - from Indianapolis Airport to hotel in Columbus; - while visiting sites in Columbus and Indianapolis;

from Columbus back to Indianapolis; - back to Indianapolis airport.


Visit of the Miller house and gardens designed by Eero Saarinen - Guided visits of Columbus' architectural gems

and street art works comprising of more than 90 buildings.

24 HSW CEU/LU + up to 16 more free CEUS if needed.

 $2,450 per person in double occupancy ~  $ 2,700 in single occupancy


Day 1 - Tuesday OCT 31, 2024 - D1- L for those arriving late morning:

Fly to Indianapolis.(Airfare not included) Upon arriving, there will a late morning and early Hotel shuttle to take you to Columbus. 

Tonight we will have an excellent dinner together. 

Night in Columbus

Day 2 - Wednesday NOV 1, 2024 - B1-L1:
Each day there will be different buildings to visit, from the SEVEN buildings included in the exclusive National Historic Landmarks program, to the NINETY + 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…..

Night in Columbus

Day 3 - Thursday NOV 2, 2024   - B2-L2:

There are about SEVENTEEN schools designed by talented architects between 1967 and 20111.

FOURTEEN Public Buildings are worth a look including the 1969 Cleo Rogers Memorial Library by I.M. Pei, 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.

Night in Columbus

Day 4 - Friday NOV 3, 2024 - B3-L3:

Continuation of visiting amazing public art displayed in the city as well as major buildings. There are at least FOUR churches to see, the most famous having been designed by the Saarinen's father and son.

FIVE exquisite fire-stations, one, historical, having been built in 1941 by Leighton Bowers in Art Deco Style.

We will also visit the Miller House designed by Eero Saarinen, one of the most beautiful mid-century modern houses.

Night in Columbus

Day 5 - Saturday NOV 4, 2024 - B4-L4: 

We drive to Indianapolis to look at the Canal and White River State Park, which is still the only urban state park in the nation. then on to the Indianapolis Art Museum (Newfieds), one of the largest and best museums of arts in the country. Built on a 160 acres campus, it includes several buildings from different eras, each with its own 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.

We will have our Farewell dinner together.

Night in Indianapolis.

Day 6 - Sunday NOV 5, 2024 - B5- L5:

You will be taken to the airport either by the hotel shuttle, or taxi or Uber.

Click on Pdf to learn more about           Jean Tinghely's Chaos 1

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Click on the PDF Icon, to read about famous buildings found in that amazing city, Columbus, Indiana

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Miller House by Eero Saarinen

Southern Entrance

& Conversation pit

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