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Athens on the Prairie: An Architectural Tour of Columbus, IN --SINGLE OCCUPANCY--
THE PRICE OF THIS TRIP VARIES Columbus, a modest industrial city located in southern Indiana, has amassed a collection of public and private buildings designed by many of the country’s leading architects. Seven buildings are recognized as National Historic Landmarks of modern architecture and numerous others are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community’s embrace of modern architecture started in the early 1940’s with Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church. Charles Eames designed the pews and Loja Saarinen worked with her husband to design the “Sermon on the Mount” tapestry. J. Irwin Miller, the head of Cummins Industries, a company which designs and builds diesel engines, and a fan of modern architecture, felt that great architecture would not only enhance the community but also attract a highly qualified, international workforce to live in soybean country 45 miles south of Indianapolis. In the 1950’s the Cummins Foundation agreed to fund the design fees for public schools if they would select architects from a list that Miller had prepared. The architects listed were the leaders in their profession. The program was later expanded to other public and non-profit institutions. Today, a collection of outstanding schools, civic buildings, and commercial structures are the lasting result of Miller’s vision. Eero Saarinen, son of Eliel, was selected to design the Miller family home. Working with Saarinen were Kevin Roach, the firm’s principal design associate, landscape architect Dan Kiley and Interior Designer Alexander Girard. Each was among the best in their field. The Miller house is now considered one of the five most important midcentury modern houses in the US. The family donated the house to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and it is now open for public tours. The tour of Columbus will bring the architectural legacy of the city, Cummins and Miller to life. It will also include other features which will enhance this extraordinary experience. Departing from Ann Arbor by a first class bus, we will travel through northwestern Ohio and proceed to Indianapolis, and arrive in the community of West Baden, IN. A part of French Lick Township, West Baden is located in the vicinity of many mineral springs which attracted a large number of visitors and the development of a number of fine hotels and resorts. Outstanding among these is the West Baden Springs Hotel, where we will be spending the first night. The hotel is known for its atrium, covered with a 200 foot diameter dome. The hotel is a National Historic Landmark and we will have a guided tour of the facility prior to dinner in the Grand Colonnade. The following morning we will return to the bus for a short drive to Columbus. The morning will include a guided bus tour of the architectural treasures of the city. We will pass by some 40 buildings and include an interior tour of some. Some of recognizable architectural names connected to these buildings, include several with Ann Arbor connections: Edward Larrabee Barnes, Gunner Birkerts (underground law library), Gwathmey Siegel, John Carl Warnecke, Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Saarinen father and son (Cranbrook), Kevin Roach (Power Center), Robert Stern (North Quad), Robert Venturi (stadium renovation), Henry Moore (sculpture), and many others. After lunch in the downtown we will tour the Miller home and gardens. We will divide into small groups for the home tour to preserve the intimate scale of the family residence. After checking into our hotel we will dine at the historic Upland Brewing Co. restaurant, a recently renovated structure with its own very interesting history. The following morning we will board the bus and return to Ann Arbor. Please call Lisa Barton (998-9356) with any questions or concerns about participating. Boarding will begin at 7:30 a.m. to ensure a prompt departure at 8:00 a.m. No refunds after April 7.
Event Type : OLLI Out of Town (Travel)      
Date(s) : 05/20/2019 - 05/22/2019
Day of Week : Monday thru Wednesday
Time : 8:00 a.m. on May 20 to 4:15 p.m. on May 22
Location : Meijer
Address : 3825 Carpenter Rd.,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Fee : $896.00
Event Status : COMPLETED