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First Christian Church, Columbus

#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Columbus
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The First Christian Church (originally known as the Tabernacle Church of Christ) in Columbus, Indiana, was built in 1942. It was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches in the United States to be built in a contemporary architectural style.
The building, designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, consists of a glass-fronted main hall, with a tower and bridge section. Interior details such as light fixtures, screen and furniture were designed by Saarinen's son Eero Saarinen (who would later design the North Christian Church in Columbus) and Charles Eames.

The building was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2001.

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  • The modern architecture of the First Christian Church in Columbus was very unusual for its time. Tours are included in the town's architecture tour. Great acoustics in the church.  more »
  • Visited this building as part of the tour and would consider this a must see for fans of architecture visiting Columbus.  more »
  • My church home in Columbus! Welcoming congregation, come as you are and feel the love of Jesus!
  • Beautiful architecture, Aolian Skinner organ, a cool space

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