John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp on the radio, leaves burning somewhere behind a house, and barns that look like they are out of a Bill Peet book, I was back in Indiana. My plan was to stop in Columbus before spending the night in Bloomington, the home of IU of basketball fame. Columbus, Indiana is a architectural wonderland. There are over 60 buildings that have been designed by some of the world’s best architects and much public art. The modern architecture spree began with Eliel Saarinen’s design of the First Christian Church in 1942. Directly across the street is the Columbus Public Library designed by I. M. Pei with a large sculpture by Henry Moore called Large Arch in the courtyard. On the same property is the Visitor Center with good maps of the architecture and public art, an informative 15 minute movie and a stunning chandelier by glass artist Dale Chihuly. Driving out of town, I saw several more of its marvels and although not always an aficionado of modern architecture, I do appreciated this city of 44,000 drive to distinguish itself as an innovative and lovely place to live.

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