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About ColumbusAdvanced architectural design is a Columbus hallmark. Schools, banks, churches, a library, storefronts and golf courses—landmarks designed by such luminaries as Alexander Girard, Robert Trent Jones, I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen and Harry Weese—all contribute to the city's appearance.

In the 1950s a philanthropic foundation created a program that covered the architectural fees for the construction of public buildings. The program attracted distinguished architects and resulted in the construction of more than 60 architecturally renowned public and private buildings, seven designated as National Historic Landmarks.

In 1997, the city erected a new architectural landmark, the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. Twenty-five limestone pillars, each 40 feet high, bear the names of soldiers who gave their lives in 20th-century wars. Words from their letters and journals are carved into the stones. The evocative memorial stands on the courthouse lawn at Third and Washington streets.

Slurp a signature Green River Float at the mahogany-and-marble bar inside Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum , 329 Washington St., as a 1908 self-playing pipe organ blasts out a magnificent tune. This beloved establishment, which dates back to 1900 and has been restored to its original splendor, features an impressive collection of antique soda fountains and other nostalgic items; phone (812) 378-1900.

Visitor Centers Columbus Area Visitors Center 506 Fifth St. Columbus, IN 47201. Phone:(812)378-2622 or (800)468-6564

Self-guiding ToursThe visitor center provides driving and walking tour maps for $3 and cellphone tour “keepsake cards” for $10.

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2820 Merchants Mile. Columbus, IN 47201

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131 Carrie Ln. Columbus, IN 47201

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400 Brown St. Columbus, IN 47201

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4525 W SR 46. Columbus, IN 47201

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