detail of Columbus City Hall, Edward Charles Bassett (SOM)
Welcome to the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives!
Since 1967, the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives has been collecting materials related to Bartholomew County's design heritage. I joined the CIAA in 2014, serving as archivist and curator. It is my honor and pleasure to serve in this role and to work with the dedicated Board of Directors. I invite you to read a letter from Board President Steven R. Risting, AIA and to review our Annual Report for insights on CIAA's activities and impact on the community.
Often I am asked by people unfamiliar with Columbus why our community has an architectural archives. This small city of 45,000 boasts seven National Historic Landmarks buildings, and Bartholomew County (of which Columbus is the county seat) has fifteen buildings and two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. CIAA plays a vital role in documenting our community’s exceptional design heritage.
In keeping with our mission, the CIAA’s collections and exhibitions focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and public art in Bartholomew County, Indiana. We are proud to present works from our collection at the Bartholomew County Public Library. For 2015, we are looking forward to expanding our outreach by offering public programs related to our exhibitions and by building partnerships with local and state organizations.
Please like CIAA on Facebook and visit our website often for updates on exhibitions and events. To support the CIAA we invite you to make a monetary donation, volunteer with us, or donate materials to expand our collections.
Tricia Gilson, PhD
Archivist and Curator