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


North Christian Church (designed by Eero Saarinen)

Fire Station No. 4 (designed by Robert Venturi

Fire Station No. 4 (designed by Robert Venturi)


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


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


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


The said Gardens of The Inn at Irwin Garden