AT&T Switching Station

Must-See Downtown Art & Architecture

AT&T Switching Station

Columbus, Indiana 47201, United States

Created By: Columbus Area Visitors Center


Paul Kennon of Caudill, Rowlett, Scott designed this building in 1978.

Distinctive for its mirrored glass facade and its primary colored accents, the building houses electronic equipment. Originally a three-story brick building, Indiana Bell commissioned Paul Kennon to add an addition and create a new cohesive design on a transitional site, joining the business district and one of the community’s older residential areas.

Kennon’s solution was to unify the existing building and the new addition by encasing both in a skin of reflective glass. Giant yellow, orange, red, and blue “organ pipes” on the west alley side of the building provide a colorful accent, and have become an iconic image of the modern architecture of Columbus (and a great spot for Facebook or Instagram photos).

The majority of the trellis structure and the pear trees, an integral part of the original design concept, were removed when birds became a nuisance.

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) gave the building an Honor award in 1980, describing it as, “a delightfully whimsical solution to the use of mirrored glass.”

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