Columbus, Indiana, is known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects, landscape architects, and artists. Columbus might have been just another small city of 46,000, except for the vision of local leaders who wanted to make Columbus the best community they could. The results speak for themselves — Columbus is ranked sixth in the U.S. for architectural innovation and design, as noted by the American Institute of Architects. The Columbus Visitors Center map lists over 75 buildings and pieces of public art by internationally noted architects and artists.

Since the early 1940s some of the world’s finest architects have made Columbus a virtual museum of modern architecture, with works by some of the most enduring names in architecture: I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Deborah Berke, just to name a few. And the public art sprinkled throughout the community includes works by artists such as Henry Moore, Dale Chihuly, Jean Tinguely, and Robert Indiana.

The Columbus story is regularly featured in national and international publications– you can read excerpts here. Even if you are not an architecture buff, learning how this small town strives for excellence is both unique and inspiring.

We want to showcase our design heritage and community spirit, while pointing to the future so the next generation continues to experience a community of tremendous vibrancy.

Mayor James Lienhoop