Neck of the Woods

Early this morning, I ventured out of the Bloomington bubble to Columbus (Indiana not Ohio; population est. 40,000). This small city is unique due to the absolutely insane amount of midcentury modern architecture that seems to be about everywhere. In the mid-1940's, J. Irwin Miller, the CEO of Cummins Inc. (a large local diesel engine manufacturer), instituted a program in which the Cummins Foundation would pay the architect fees if a local client selected an architect from a list compiled by the foundation. This is practical and community based modernism at its best; designing local churches, public schools, newspaper offices, etc. instead of exclusively serving wealthy clients. So, I took some neat pictures...

 First Christian Church (designed by Eliel Saarinen)

First Christian Church (designed by Eliel Saarinen

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North Christian Church (designed by Eero Saarinen)

 Fire Station No. 4 (designed by Robert Venturi

Fire Station No. 4 (designed by Robert Venturi)

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The (former) Republic Newspaper Building (designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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Robert N. Stewart Bridge (designed by J. Muller International)

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The Inn at Irwin Gardens (built by Joseph I. Irwin in 1864)

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The said Gardens of The Inn at Irwin Garden

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