Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

Must-See Downtown Art & Architecture

Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

Columbus, Indiana 47201, United States

Created By: Columbus Area Visitors Center


The memorial was designed by Thompson and Rose Architects and received the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Design Award in 1996.

From Charles Rose website:
Situated on Bartholomew County Courthouse Square near entrance to the city; 25 columns of rock-cut Indiana limestone honor the county’s veterans of 20th century wars. The winner of a national design competition, the Veterans Memorial is a grid of limestone pillars: a monolith of rough and naturally textured stone when viewed from afar and - from its interior meditative spaces - a forest of soaring columns separated by narrow passageways. Veterans’ names, letters and diary entries were etched on the smooth surfaces. At night, lights embedded in the base create a dramatic play of light and shadow and illuminate the memorial’s interior.

Materials: Indiana limestone; black granite.

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