Architecture City Guide: Columbus

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Columbus; Indiana that is. We have already made the trip to Columbus, Ohio. This lesser known Columbus only has a population of 44,000 people, but for what it lacks in size it makes up in architecture. Columbus, perhaps, has more notable modern architecture buildings per capita than any city in the United States. In fact, it was much harder narrowing the list down to 12 projects than finding enough for the city guide. With the buildings not on the list, it will be impossible to please everyone. Notably our list doesn’t even include Romaldo Giurgola’s Columbus East High School, Cesar Pelli’s Commons Centre and Mall, and SOM’s Republic Newspaper Building. Take a look at the 12 on our list and add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Columbus list and corresponding map after the break.

  • Fire Station #4 / Robert Venturi
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church /
  • Irwin Union Bank and Addition / Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche (Addition)
  • First Baptist Church / Harry Weese
  • North Christian Church / Eero Sarrinen
  • Mabel McDowell School / John Carl Warnecke
  • Miller House / Eero Saarinen
  • First Christian Church /
  • Cleo Rogers Memorial Library / I. M. Pei
  • Columbus City Hall / Edward Charles Bassett/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  • SBC Switching Station / Paul Kennon
  • Mill Race Park / Van Valkenburgh Associates

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Columbus" 01 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Josh Mings

    Nice to see my hometown getting some recognition! There is plenty more and some new works as well (Central Middle School by Perkins and Will, New Senior Center by William Rawn, and Koetter Kim just finished a renovation of the Commons).

    • jman

      “Renovation” of the Commons? The only part left was the small part of the structure over “Chaos 1″ and Sears when I was there 2 years ago, everything else was demo’d. I also understand they are going to re-skin sears. So there will be nothing left of Cesar Pelli’s.

  • Ricardo León

    How on Earth was the WEXNER CENTER not included on this list? Or ANY of Eisenman’s buildings in Columbus for that matter???

  • Ricardo León

    Haha sorry about that. I just saw the title and went straight to the list. My bad. I guess I should have known because I was saying to myself “Miller House is in Ohio? Could have sworn it was in Indiana…”