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Aesthetics and Livability…

We have shaped our city to be different by design and, in return, it continues to shape us.

Smithsonian Magazine has called Columbus a “veritable museum of modern architecture.” The city is home to more than 70 buildings and pieces of public art by internationally noted architects and artists including I.M. Pei, Dale Chihuly, Eliel Saarinen, John Carl Warnecke, Henry Moore, Cesar Pelli, Harry Weese and Eero Saarinen.

According to The New York Times, Columbus, Indiana, “just happens to have the most incredible collection of modern architecture in the Midwest (outside of Chicago…).”

—The New York Times, June 12, 2007

International Design (I.D.) Magazine—the premiere forum for international designers, industrial engineers, architects and graphic artists—named Columbus as one of “40 Cities Where Design Rules.” Columbus was included with the likes of Milan, Paris, Copenhagen, New York, London, Tel Aviv, Antwerp, Stockholm, Zurich and 30 other world-class cities.

Top Ten U.S. Cities for Architectural Design

1. Chicago
2. New York
3. Boston
4. San Francisco
5. Washington D.C.
6. Columbus, IN
7. Portland, OR
8. Seattle
9. Philadelphia
10. Minneapolis

A Rare Collection of Authentic Cultural Assets

Most of Downtown Columbus is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. So much in fact that National Geographic Traveler Magazine rated Columbus as the top Historic Place in the U.S.

1. Austria: Wachau/Melk Abbey (score: 88)
2. Ontario: Rideau Canal corridor (score: 84)
3. Belgium: Historic Center of Ghent (score: 81)
4. Japan: Nikko historic areas (score: 81)
5. Austria: Graz (score: 80)
6. France: Aix-en-Provence (score: 80)
7. France: Dijon and Bourgogne region (score: 80)
8. Germany: Potsdam historic areas (score: 80)
9. Sweden: Stockholm's Gamla Stan (score: 80)
10. Argentina: Mendoza wine estancias (score: 79)
11. Indiana: Columbus (score: 78)
12. Japan: Ancient Nara (score: 78)
13. Mexico: Querétaro City & Sierra Gordo (score: 78)
14. France: Lyon historic areas (score: 77)
15. South Carolina: Charleston (score: 77)

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Jane A Bowman, BC-HIS