Columbus, IN: Architectural Archive

Visit: The relatively small town of Columbus, Indiana is the home of buildings by almost every major architect building since the mid-twentieth century. We roamed the streets marveling at the juxtaposition of buildings by Pei, Saarinen, Pelli, Meier - the list goes on and on.

Discoveries: A stop at the local Public Library uncovered the Columbus Architectural Archives. They took seriously the documentation of their treasures. Here is a description of the contents from their website: "The archives collections include 2,400 sets of drawings, consisting of over 26,000 sheets, at the Bartholomew County Public Library and supporting documentation, photographs, and correspondence.

Histories of each building from their conception, design, construction, and daily use are contained in drawings and documents utilized between clients, architects, and contractors to communicate ideas and information.

These records are documentation of an irretrievable past - the histories of buildings that have been demolished or never built; data that can facilitate preservation or adaptive reuse; resources that facilitate an understanding of our surroundings."