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Modern Movement in Columbus | Columbus Landmarks

We are pleased to announce the formation of a concerted effort to promote, celebrate, and advocate for Columbus’ Mid-Century Modern architecture. Over the years, Columbus Landmarks has developed several programs around the recent past. These include overseeing a historic survey of roughly 300 properties, constructed 1940-1975, through the AmeriCorps program; educational presentations; the Rush Creek and Downtown Modernism walking tours; and sponsorship of the Hanford Village National Register of Historic Places nomination.

Our new Mid-Century Modern initiative will serve to bring these varied endeavors into a cohesive focus. Buildings from this era are underappreciated, misunderstood, insensitively altered, and routinely demolished. As much of this inventory hovers around the threshold of 50 years old, it is timely and important to document and preserve significant examples of Modernist architecture in order to understand the evolution of Columbus’ built environment.

To kick off this initiative, we are presenting three upcoming special events to help raise awareness of and appreciation for Mid-Century Modern design including:

April 6 »Sterling Smith Property Open House
May 4 »Glenbrow in Springtime Tour
May 16 »Fallingwater: An Icon of the Modern Movement lecture at Columbus Museum of Art

We invite you to attend these events to learn more and email us at  to join Nathalie Wright, Historic Preservation Consultant and Modernism expert, and others in this important and interesting effort!


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