March 9 to 15, 2020

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.


4 nights in Columbus ~ 1 night in Indianapolis

3 dinners - 4 lunches - 5 breakfasts


Accident/sickness insurance

Transportation from Indianapolis Airport to hotel in Columbus; while visiting sites in Columbus and Indianapolis;  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 60 buildings.

$2385 per person in double occupancy ~ $2850 per person in single occupancy


February 29,2020

Day 1 - Tuesday Tuesday March 10 - D1:

Fly to Indianapolis.(Airfare not included) Upon arriving, take a shuttle to Columbus. (It is scheduled about every 15 minutes and, after you sign up for our trip, you will receive all the informations needed to find the departure spot and ride directly to our hotel).  

Night in Columbus

Day 2 - Wednesday March 11 - 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…..

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

Night in Columbus

Day 3 - Thursday March 12 - B2-L2-D2:

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 March 13 - 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.

Night in Columbus

Day 5- Saturday March 14 - B4-L4-D3:

We drive  to Indianapolis and  visit  the Indianapolis Art Museum (Newfileds), 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.

Night in Indianapolis.

Day 5 - Sunday March 15 - B5: You will be driven to the airport either with the hotel shuttle or by private car.  

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