When Columbus Discovered Modern Architecture

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Every now and then, I’m capable of writing an article that doesn’t make you want to reach for the Xanax.

I have a piece in the November issue of Reason, now online, about how Columbus, Indiana became a jewel of modernist architecture.

Here are some photos I took from my visit:

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9 Responses to “When Columbus Discovered Modern Architecture”

  1. #1 |  Tokin42 | 

    I read this piece earlier, good stuff. I used to get to spend quite a bit of time in Columbus, now I pass through just a couple times of year, it’s always a treat.

  2. #2 |  KBCraig | 

    Meh. Most of it leaves me cold.

    I appreciate the art, but I have always believed the goal of architecture is to create a space that suits the building’s purpose, and then surround that space. Useless gewgaws tacked onto the outside (often not even attached to the building) just annoy me.

  3. #3 |  BoredGreg | 

    Dammit Radley,

    I come here to be outraged not to be linked to something that’s interesting and enjoyable to read.

    I’m still smoking some weed after just not to calm down.

  4. #4 |  Matt I. | 

    It’s not just Xanax Radley. Lorazepam, Temazepam and a host of blood pressure meds are always on my desk before I browse this site.

  5. #5 |  Ratko | 

    Just add a couple minarets and Muslims would travel from around the globe to Colombus, IN just to get arrested so they can become jailed in what must be the world’s only jail house that looks like a mosque.

    That was the jail in the image wasn’t it? I’m going by the description in your article, which by the way was interesting.

    Although I had been to Colombus, IN, and have used numerous Cummins engines, I was clueless of any connection involving the architecture and the engine.

    This type of funding of art is completely acceptable as opposed to government, which has no business paying for art of any kind.

  6. #6 |  Colin | 

    I like the bridge. The rest is crap.

  7. #7 |  MattH | 

    These are nice pics, but I too am not a fan of the architecture. Many of these buildings look like prisons. It’s not as bad as the awful “brutalist” style, but not nearly as good as what Americans were building in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

  8. #8 |  robertl | 

    Visited Columbus back in 1970 as part of an architectural history class (Miami U., Oxford, OH). Amazing what the prosperity of a small town (and Cummins Deisel) can do when they set their minds to it….

  9. #9 |  matth | 

    Not bad. Not as good as your pictures from New Orleans, but not bad.