Columbus Architecture—Unexpected. Unforgettable.
The Indiana Town where Big Names Built
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An “Architectural Mecca”
Columbus has a population of only 45,000, yet has been ranked sixth in the nation for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Magazine called Columbus a “veritable museum of modern architecture.” The Chicago Tribune said, “Columbus is a small-town architectural mecca.”
“Columbus is one grand, landscaped park.” —USA Today
Visitors to Columbus can see over 70 buildings and pieces of public art by internationally noted architects and artists, including I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, Dale Chihuly, and Henry Moore. And a visit to Columbus wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Miller House and Garden, one of the best examples of mid-century Modern residential architecture in the United States.
Plenty of family fun, too
But there is more to see and do in Columbus than gawk at gorgeous buildings! Columbus is a fantastic family getaway with lots of adventures waiting to be discovered, including kidscommons, a three-story children’s museum, and the Commons indoor playground featuring the Luckey Climber, a mind-blowing, 35-foot climbing structure that your kids won’t be able to resist.
Downtown Columbus is packed with public art, notable architecture, and gorgeous greenspaces and is home to the community’s locally owned, unique shops and restaurants.
Columbus is also a shopping destination. Just off I-65 you’ll find Edinburgh Premium Outlets, the state’s largest outlet mall featuring over 80 stores, and Exit 76 Antiques, the state’s largest antique mall.
Make your first stop the Columbus Area Visitors Center, where you’ll find friendly folks ready to help you get the most out of your time in Columbus.