MOBILE MAP STOPS 43 – 48
43 – Crack the Whip
Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. James K. Baker as a gift to honor Arvin employees, the piece was originally placed at the former Arvin Corporate headquarters on Central Avenue. After Arvin left Columbus, the Baker’s exercised their option to have the piece relocated to a spot more accessible to the public.
The piece was gifted to Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and moved to its current location.
44 – Stewart Bridge
Both front-door bridges were designed by Jean M. Muller of J. Muller International of Chicago, who said, “The unique quadripod configuration of this cable-stayed bridge is the first of it kind in North America, and serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose.”
45 – Bartholomew Co. Memorial for Veterans
The Charles Rose website says, “The winner of a national design competition, the Veterans Memorial is a grid of limestone pillars: a monolith of rough and naturally textured stone when viewed from afar and—from its interior meditative spaces—a forest of soaring columns separated by narrow passageways. Veterans’ names, letters and diary entries were etched on the smooth surfaces. At night, lights embedded in the base create a dramatic play of light and shadow and illuminate the memorial’s interior.”
46 – Republic Offices (former)
The open concept reflects the daily newspaper’s role as a central link in the information highway.
Goldsmith’s design provided onlookers with a window into the business of communications. The open concept reflects the seven-day newspaper’s role as a central link in the information for the community. Originally, the paper’s printing presses could be viewed from the street, as they printed the daily paper.
The Republic was the seventh Columbus structure to be named an historic landmark, The U.S. Interior said, “The Republic is an exceptional work of modern architecture and one of the best examples of the work of Myron Goldsmith, a general partner in the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and a highly respected architect, architect”
The AIA (American Institute of Architects) gave the building an Honor award in 1975, one of five recognized in Columbus by the AIA.
47 – City Hall
The cantilevered arms frame the two-story, semi-circular window wall of glass, shaped to reflect the courthouse to approaching visitors.
It’s unusual that the small community of Columbus has two buildings by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) right across the street from each other, City Hall and The Republic Newspaper offices. SOM is one of the largest architecture firms in the world and has created many of the major projects of the 20th century.
SOM was named AIA Firm of the Year in 1961 and again in 1996 — the only firm that has been awarded the prize twice. SOM is known for their high-end commercial buildings, it was SOM that led the way to the modern international-style or “glass box” skyscraper. SOM has designed several of the tallest buildings in the world, including the John Hancock Center and Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.