Columbus has seven buildings that have been cited for the National Historic Landmarks program (click links on this page to view). The National Park Service explains that "National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places...because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States."
Eliel Saarinen’s ground-breaking First Christian Church set the stage for the coming boon in mid-century modern architecture. Eero Saarinen's Miller House and Garden, North Christian Church, and Irwin Conference Center added three more to the roster. Chicago architecture icon Harry Weese added First Baptist Church. John Carl Warnecke added McDowell elementary school and Myron Goldsmith's Republic newspaper office is the modernist gem that was most recently added.
For a city of only 45,000, having seven national historic landmarks helps explain the seemingly unimaginable ranking that puts Columbus’ collection of architecture right behind the far larger cities of Boston and Washington, D.C., as ranked by the American Institute of Architects. (AIA). And yet, there's still more to the story, when you add in additional works by internationally acclaimed architects like I.M. Pei and Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli, and art installations by Henry Moore and Jean Tinguely and Dale Chihuly - which might make any lover of architecture put Columbus at the top of their bucket list.
In addition, for those who enjoy historical connections, Columbus has more than a dozen other sites that are listed with the National Register of Historic Places.