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Columbus: Indiana's Modernist Experiment

Through his photography, Darren Bradley presents the legacy of Modernist architecture in this small, central Indiana town that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. $12 (1 hr)


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Discover how Columbus, a small town in rural Indiana, became a renowned architecture destination, with over 70 significant works by modern masters including Eero and Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Harry Weese.  

In the post-WWII period, J. Irwin Miller had a problem. The scion of the Cummins Diesel Engine empire was leading a successful, rapidly expanding international company. But the company was based in a small farming town in central Indiana. As charming as it was, they were having trouble recruiting top tier managers and engineers willing to move to such a place.

There was tremendous pressure to move the company to Detroit, or at least to Indianapolis, about an hour up the road. But Miller liked being in Columbus. His family was from there, and he felt a deep-rooted commitment to the community. So what to do? If he couldn’t move to the big city, he would move the big city to Columbus, Indiana — and with the help of his close friend, Eero Saarinen, he set about doing just that. So began a legacy of Modernist architecture in this small, central Indiana town that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Join Darren Bradley and Erin Hawkins as they discuss how Miller went about achieving this remarkable feat, and explore the marvelous legacy that he left behind, and which continues to this day.

Darren Bradley is a San Diego-based architectural photographer with a passion for midcentury modern architecture and design, which takes him around the world. Follow his photography on Instagram @modarchitecture  

Erin Hawkins is the Director of Marketing for the Columbus Area Visitors Center columbus.in.us

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).



$12

Things to Know

This event is for ages
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

 

Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Darren Bradley Photography

 

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