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The Landmarks Experience in Columbus begins with a tour of the Miller House, former home of J. Irwin Miller and his family. Eero Saarinen designed the house in 1953, with grounds designed by noted Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley. In 2000, the Miller House became the first building designated a National Historic Landmark while still occupied by its original owners and while one of its designers, Dan Kiley, was still living.
The day includes lunch at the Irwin Conference Center, formerly the Irwin Union Bank, designed by Eero Saarinen and built in 1954. Cummins, Inc. bought the bank and respectfully renovated it to serve the new purpose. Alex White, who led the Irwin Union renovation, will speak about the building’s history, design and recent renovation. White is Cummins’ Director of Architecture and Workplace Planning.
Your experience will include other tours, and guests will have the opportunity to interact with experts in Columbus architecture and design in an afternoon panel addressing Columbus’s Mid-Century Modern legacy and its impact on the city’s future. The panel, moderated by Indiana Landmarks’ Mark Dollase, includes Columbus architect Louis Joyner and art consultant Richard McCoy, both Indiana Modern affinity group board members.
Following the program, guests are invited to stay and explore Columbus’s vibrant downtown on their own, including the historic institution, Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor.
9am: Registration and Welcome
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Tours of the Miller House and First Christian Church
1 -2:30 p.m.: Lunch at the Irwin Union Bank, now Cummins' Irwin Conference Center.
Alex White, Cummins' Director of Architecture and Workplace Planning, will present a lecture on Cummins' use of the bank as a conference center and their preservation of its mid-century architecture.
2:45 p.m - 3:15 p.m.: View the public art exhibition,100 Variations: Reflections on Eliel Saarinen and the Golden Ratio; with a brief discussion of the art by Christopher West
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Panel Presentation on the significance of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Columbus and its future preservation.
Moderator, Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services and Director of Central Regional Office, Indiana Landmarks.
Speakers: Indiana Landmarks' affinity group, Indiana Modern board members Richard McCoy, art consultant, and Louis Joyner, Columbus architect
5 p.m.: Conclusion to Landmarks Experience: Columbus
PHOTO: Interior view of the Miller House, the first stop of the day.
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Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With eight offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534. Find more at www.indianalandmarks.org.