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Located just 45 miles from Indianapolis, The Arts District of Columbus, Indiana is home to a modern design revolution presenting a bounty of more than 70 buildings and 360 cultural assets and pieces of public art by prominent architects and artists. Fueled by the civic-minded industrialist J. Irwin Miller, the city's architectural explosion attracted some of the world's most notable modern master architects including I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Harry Weese, Gunnar Birkerts, and Eero Saarinen.
Within the Columbus Arts District is a unique blend of historic structures and contemporary works – featuring buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, seven National Historic Landmarks; indoor and outdoor public parks that are creatively designed, unique and accessible; art and design galleries and cultural tours. Columbus embraces a “Welcoming Community” strategy complemented by diversity in both culture and architecture and manifested in the design and enhancement of the Arts District.
Columbus Area Visitors Center: www.columbus.in.us.
Columbus Area Arts Council: www.artsincolumbus.org.
Image credits (L-R): Mike Dickbernd; Carol Highsmith; & April Knox.