Indiana Nature March 20, 2016
8 Of The Most Enchanting Man Made Wonders in Indiana
Indiana is a beautiful state with natural wonders to spare. However, the Hoosier state also has its fair share of jaw dropping man made wonders. Take a look at our favorite man made wonders in Indiana below and let us know how many you recognize.
1. The West Baden Springs Hotel - West Baden Springs
This stunning man made wonder has a long history of renovation, destruction, and rebuilding, starting in 1855 and ending in 2006. When the hotel reopened 10 years ago, a casino addition was added on. The gorgeous architecture, decor, and styling is fashioned after European designs and draws visitors from hundreds of miles away.
2. The North Christian Church - Columbus
This one story building in Columbus has a lower "moat" level and was planned as a hexagonal design, to mirror the Star of David. The 192 foot tall spire on top of the building symbolizes the emergence of Christianity out of Judaism. While hundreds of churches now borrow similar design elements, in 1964, when the church was built, the style and architecture were extremely revolutionary.
3. Atheneum - New Harmony
The Atheneum in New Harmony is quite a contemporary building for this historical town. Designed by architect Richard Meier and completed in 1979, this building won the Progressive Architecture Award and American Institute of Architects' Honor Award and Twenty-Five Year Award. It functions as the New Harmony visitor center.
4. The Lincoln Bank Tower - Fort Wayne
The Lincoln Tower in Fort Wayne showcases 23 stories of art deco design. Inside you'll find marble bathrooms and a domed ceiling. From the observatory deck, you can even overlook Ohio.
5. The Pyramids - Indianapolis
Designed by architect Kevin Roche, the Pyramids in Indianapolis contributed to Roche's winning of the Pritzker Prize. The Art Institute of Indianapolis, and other businesses, are housed inside the three 120,000 square foot opaque concrete and glass adorned buildings.
6. Allen County Courthouse - Fort Wayne
The Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne is actually one of Indiana's 37 US National Historic Landmarks. This gorgeous Beaux-Arts style building was completed in 1902 and is 255 feet high with a copper dome rotunda, statue of Lady Liberty, and contains art glass and bas-reliefs. If you love Greek, Roman, or Renaissance architecture and design, you have to check out this man made wonder in person.
7. First Baptist Church - Columbus
Designed by Harry Weese in 1965, the First Baptist Church in Columbus is s stunning display of Modernist design. It's also a National Historical Landmark.
8. The Scottish Rite Cathedral - Indianapolis
The Scottish Rite Museum in Indianapolis was designed in the late 1920s by architect George F. Schreiber. It is argued to be one of the best representations of Neo-Gothic design in the entire country. In fact, over 100,000 visitors per year visit this famous building.
How many of these stunning man made wonders have you visited?