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Modern Design Celebration

It’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday year and we hope you will visit the Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio or even MoMA’s...

It’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday year and we hope you will visit the Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio or even MoMA’s Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive exhibit in New York City. But if you’re looking for ways to understand his influence a little closer to home, we hope you will join us for two tours that showcase Modern Design in central Ohio.

Downtown Modern Walking Tour
Saturday, August 26
10 a.m. – noon



Explore Columbus’ transformation from a 19th century town to a mid-20th century city on Saturday, August 26 from 10am to noon. Walking through what was once the northern part of German Village, we’ll discuss the role urban renewal planning had on today’s streetscape, including innovations, successes, and potential regrets. In addition to the glimmering office buildings and integrated landscapes of downtown, we’ll also see a variety of examples of modernist architecture … and yes, the Holiday Inn is a classic example!

This two-hour walking tour will put Mid-Century in context by allowing you to see the influence that Modern Design had on our downtown and how it changed local architecture. The tour covers approximately 3 miles at a moderate pace.

Rush Creek Village Walking Tour
Sunday, August 27
2-4:30 p.m.



Columbus Landmarks is very pleased to partner with Rush Creek Village on a walking tour of this planned residential community in Worthington that was developed in the 1950s and designed by Columbus native Theodore van Fossen. The homes in Rush Creek were Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and are built of natural materials, using forms carefully chosen to complement the surrounding rolling, wooded landscape. Rush Creek Village is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and its residents are committed to maintaining the architectural integrity and spirit of the Village’s organic style of architecture. 

Our walking tour will be led by architects and tour guides knowledgeable about organic architecture and Usonian design. A few Rush Creek Village residents will open their homes so that tour participants can fully experience the inherent practical and functional design, as well as the intentional relationship of the homes within the natural setting.

Tour proceeds will benefit Columbus Landmarks and Rush Creek Village. 

Save the Date: Sunday, October 8
We are incredibly excited to host a tour of the van Fossen-designed Gunning House – “Glenbrow” – that was rescued from Most Endangered Building status and has been lovingly restored by two Modern Design super fans! Stay tuned for tour details. 


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