Forbes.com: America's Prettiest Towns

Columbus, Indiana

Located just 45 miles from Indianapolis, the 44,000 residents of Columbus benefit from a concentrated bounty of world-class architecture and sculpture. Fueled by the civic-minded largesse of J. Irwin Miller, a local industrialist and a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, the world-class architectural explosion began in 1957. That year Cummins established a foundation that would pay the town to attract some of the world’s most notable architects, including I.M. Pei, Gunnar Birkets, and Eero Saarinen. In 2005, Smithsonian Magazine called Columbus a “veritable museum of modern architecture,” and with more than sixty notable buildings within the town – six of which are National Historic Landmarks – it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
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