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Visitors Center, Columbus, Indiana - from Franklin Street, looking east
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FAQS : You have questions, we have answers

HAVE A QUESTION?

You have questions? We have answers!

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Can you send me info?

So, how did such a small city end up with so much art and architecture?

  • You should find the answer to that question on the architecture story page.
  • You may also be interested in scanning the media coverage Columbus has received over the years.

When are the best times to visit Columbus?

  • Well, Spring can be pretty magical in Columbus. The aristocrat pears, magnolias, and dogwoods have been thoughtfully placed around town by landscape architects for maximum effect, they tend to bloom around the first week in April, depending very much on weather patterns – see some photos HERE.
  • We also recommend you plan your trip to be here when one of the festivals and special events are happening, you can view all of the Columbus special events. 
GETTING AROUND

Do you have maps and directions available?

Where should I park?

  • The parking lot directly north of the Visitors Center has free public parking for visitors to the community.
  • If the lot is full, there are other parking areas within a few blocks.

What is the best way to get from the Indianapolis airport, or an Indianapolis hotel, to Columbus?

  • There is no direct public transport service between downtown Columbus and the Indianapolis airport, which is a 55-mile trip, or about an hour’s drive, from the airport. The Louisville airport is also convenient, as Columbus is directly north on Interstate 65, and 80 miles, or about 75 minutes, away. Car rental is available at either airport.

What taxi services are available in Columbus?

  • Another Taxi, 812-371-0794
  • A Fast Break Taxi Service, 812-374-9279
ARCHITECTURE QUESTIONS

Can you give me details about going on the architecture tour?

What if the timing just doesn’t work for me, and I cannot go on any of the tours?

  • No problem! You can also purchase a $3 guide and map to all of the art and architecture, so you may tour Columbus on your own. It is available at the Visitors Center, Viewpoint Books, and Hotel Indigo.
  • There is also a self-guided audio tour of downtown available and a smartphone guide to the architecture. See the details HERE.

May I go inside the buildings highlighted on the tour on my own?

  • Some are public buildings that are always open to the public, such as The Commons, post office, library, etc.
  • The churches generally are available for interior viewing during business hours, though guests must register with their front office.

Does Columbus have any Frank Lloyd Wright buildings?

  • Good question. The Columbus Architecture Program was just getting underway in 1957 with the building of Schmitt School, and Frank Lloyd Wright was near the end of his career (Wright died in 1959). However, the story goes that Frank Lloyd Wright was being considered as architect for First Christian Church when it was in its planning stages in the late 1930s, until church leaders learned of his relationship with Mamah Borthwick Cheney.
  • On the other hand, if you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, be sure to make a stop at the Columbus Regional Hospital, and go inside. Robert A.M. Stern’s design references Wright’s style in Stern’s own stunning manner.

How many architects have worked in Columbus?

  • Many more than you would imagine for such a small city. See the complete list of architects. 
ARCHITECTURE TOUR QUESTIONS

May I bring my children on the tour?

  • Yes, but all tour guests must purchase a ticket, including children. The architecture tour is not recommended for very young children.

May I bring my pet.

  • Pets are not allowed on the tour; however, service dogs are welcome.

What time zone is Indiana in?

  • Indiana is in the Eastern time zone.

Do the tours have wheelchair accessibility?

  • Yes, but call 800-468-6564 to make wheelchair accommodations, immediately after booking the tour. Calling at least two weeks in advance of tour date is necessary to ensure you can be accommodated.
OTHER GOOD QUESTIONS!

Where can a person park a forty-foot RV within walking distance to the Visitors Center and downtown attractions?

  • The Mill Race Park parking lot off of Lindsey Street – see a parking guide HERE

Where can I find information about retiring in Columbus?

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