Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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You Can Roadtrip to Indiana for Saarinen, But Here's First-Rate Modernism Closer

I cannot believe I have to go to Indiana, but yet, here we are: Saarinen’s Miller House is now open to the public. GAZE UPON IT! But good news, for those who aren't Indiana-adjacent: There is a new website devoted to the work of Horace Gifford, who can basically tell Saarinen to go suck it. Oh yes! I said it! Go visit and see what I mean. I have been in most of these Gifford houses, because that's just the kind of gay I am—including the ones destroyed by new owners, may they die painfully—and they are each better than the last.

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Columbus, hm? Have fun.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Columbus has a reputation as an Arts Town, which, go figure. But it makes an interesting enough side trip as you're on your way to Gnaw Bone.

Yeah, I've been to Gnaw Bone far more times than I've been to Columbus. I've been to Floyd's Knob far less, however. Likewise to French Lick.

I don't know, he might want to visit the Cummins Diesel plant while he's there.

Good lord, I thought I was joking, but a quick wiki tells me the offices were designed by Kevin Roche, a student of… wait for it… Eero Saarinen!

petejayhawk (#1,249)

It's hard for small/closed-minded people to comprehend that there is important architecture outside of major cities, but anyone who knows anything about American architecture knows about Columbus.

Ahaha, because it's a requirement to genuflect @ Modernism. My mom's into Modernism.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

I have spent more than my fair share of time passing through Columbus, fantastic drive from Bloomington to Louisville and point east through Brown County. They also have a nice suspension bridge.

I recall for a few years Gnaw Bone just have up on replacing its stolen signage…

caw_caw (#5,641)

Horace Gifford's buildings are beautiful. Wow. I love his material choices. They soften up those hard lines so well.

erikonymous (#3,231)

My response to seeing the lowered conversation pit: "Man, you could all kinds of hot sex in there." That's what he was going for, right?

El Matardillo (#586)

If you make it to Pawnee, be sure and stop by City Hall and say hi to April Ludgate for me.

You'll survive Indiana, I promise. We're pretty polite. We'll just say mean things about you behind your back as you're on the way out.

brad (#1,678)

jesus. i love slats. i have always loved slats, and have never before uttered the notion to anyone. and now you thrust this slat-master at me…another hour of my life devoted to random internetting.

elecampane (#1,877)

Columbus is an architectural theme park! http://www.columbus.in.us/listings/index.cfm?catId=336
This time of year, I miss Indiana fiercely.

katie (#969)

Horace Gifford's work reminds me very much of the Sea Ranch style. So much so that I thought I was looking at photos of Sea Ranch. Lovely work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Ranch,_California#Design

caw_caw (#5,641)

Me too. So much so I looked to see if he had any work there.

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