Abroad | US: SAH Study Day in Columbus on October 4

October 4: Study Day in Columbus, IN
Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
Time: 8:45 am – 4 pm
Price: $199 (non-refundable)
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When SAH met in Cincinnati, Ohio, for our annual conference in 2008, one of the highlights was a visit to Columbus, Indiana. Not everyone was able to participate due to the limited number of people we could accommodate, so we wanted to give you another opportunity to visit Columbus and experience its collection of important mid-twentieth-century architecture.

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) ranked Columbus the sixth most architecturally important city in the U.S. Join us and learn how this thriving Midwestern town became the architectural mecca that it is.

Tour sites will include the recently restored Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen and the Miller House and Garden, which combines the design genius of Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley, and Alexander Girard. Also included are works by world-renowned architects I. M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Gunnar Birkerts, Myron Goldsmith, Edward Bassett, Ralph Johnson, Kevin Roche, and Fred Koetter, as well as landscape designs by Dan Kiley, Jack Curtis, and Michael Van Valkenburgh.

Tour leader Henry Kuehn has been studying and leading tours of Columbus, Indiana, for many years. Architectural history has been a keen interest of his ever since taking Vince Scully’s course as an undergraduate at Yale. Kuehn is a past president of the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Fine Arts and is on the Architecture and Design Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago. He serves as a director of Goettsch Partners, a Chicago-based architectural firm. Kuehn is also a docent with the Columbus Area Visitors Center. He has lectured frequently on a wide variety of architectural topics and is currently working on a book with Carter Manny, an SAH Fellow, on the burial sites of the country’s important architects. Kuehn has a long history of involvement with SAH, having served for many years as director and treasurer, and he continues his work on various SAH committees.



Tour Leader: Henry Kuehn

The study day will begin and end at the Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street.


8:30 am Arrive at Columbus Area Visitors Center

9:00 am  View film on Miller House and Garden

9:15 am Board shuttle to Miller House and Garden

9:30 am Tour Miller House and Garden with commentary

10:45 am Board shuttle back to Columbus Area Visitors Center

11:00 am Walking tour of eastern side of Columbus

12:45 pm Lunch (pair up with others on the tour to enjoy lunch and discuss the morning events)

1:30 pm Reconvene at the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Walking tour of western side of Columbus.

3:45 pm Wrap up at Columbus Area Visitors Center


SAH Study Tour Fellowship

An SAH Fellowship will be offered for this study day. Application opens on Tuesday, August 27 at 3 pm CST. Please share this information to all who may benefit from this opportunity. The deadline to submit your application is September 13, 2013. Click here to apply.

Getting to Columbus

Major airport service can be found nearby in Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. The closest airport to Columbus is Indianapolis (55 miles). Be sure to investigate all options to determine the most affordable for you.  You can work with other confirmed participants for possible car rental sharing opportunities. If you wish to investigate this option once you are confirmed, please send us your flight information.

Learn More

Want to learn more about Columbus architecture? Click here for a short bibliography to get you started.

Tour Price Includes:

  • All applicable admission fees
  • Roundtrip transportation from Columbus Visitors Area to the Miller House and Gardens
  • Services of docents
  • Henry Kuehn, tour leader
  • Pauline Saliga, SAH representative
  • Refreshments at end of the study day
  • Information directly related to this study day will be emailed two weeks prior to the study day, to each confirmed participant
  • $50 donation to SAH


  • Transportation to/from Columbus, Indiana
  • Meals
  • Accommodations


Study Day Fellowship
A Society of Architectural Historians Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars Study Tour Fellowship is available for this Study Day. Applications accepted beginning August 27 with a deadline of September 13. Read the application r equirements and criteria, and click here to apply.

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