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5 Historic Architecture and Landmarks in Indiana

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Indiana is home to many beautiful buildings that can be considered architecturally significant and are worth of a visit. Here are a few that I’ve been able to find , some that I’d love a chance to visit and others I have.

West Baden Springs Hotel – French Lick, Indiana

This classic hotel built in 1902 is is famous for it’s one of a kind 200 foot span central dome atrium. The hotel has long been a magnet for celebrities and pleasure seekers throughout its history. Enjoy 243 luxury rooms, world class natatorium, golf courses, shops and so much more. If anything, it’s worth going just to admire the dome.

Columbus, Indiana – Modern Architecture Mecca

If you’re a fan of modern architecture then be sure to plan a visit to Columbus, Indiana. It’s home to a mecca of modern architecture that’s not seen anywhere else in the world. There are more than 70 buildings designed by world renowned modernist architects such as I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Dale Chihuly and Henry Moore. They have helpful guided tours of the town so you can experience all it has to offer.

Ruthmere Mansion – Elkhart, Indiana

I had the pleasure of touring this beautiful Beaux Arts Mansion located in the heart of Elkhart Indiana. The regular guided tours take you through the history of this innovative home and the family that lived there. Built in 1910 – no expense was spared in building a mansion to rival that of the great houses on the East Coast. Home to amazing art, classic furnishings and an impressive architecture library, the Ruthmere Mansion is definitely worth a visit!

World’s Fair Homes – Beverly Shores, Indiana

Located in the Indiana Dunes, these homes were originally built for the great Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. They were examples of modern, futuristic homes and when the fair ended, they were moved to Beverly Shores Indiana to be a showpiece of the new development there. Over the years they fell into disrepair and they are now being restored to their former glory by enthusiasts who have a special agreement with the national park. Definitely worth a drive through and once a year the homes are opened to the public.

Early Federal Style Buildings – Centerville, Indiana

Centerville was founded along the first ‘national road’ which means its design and archtecture was influenced by the Federal Style of new England. Many of the original buildings from the late 1700’s/early 1800’s still survived today in the beautiful homes in the centre of town as well as in the downtown area. It’s certainly picturesque and Centerville is also the center of Antique Alley – so it’s home to many exciting antiques malls and stores worth a visit.

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.