Columbus TOMORROW!

See you all at the Visitor Center at 11am CST (Chicago time).  We’ll depart to various sites from there.  Please reference the earlier blog post for the address to the Columbus Indiana visitor center.   The sites we will be visiting first are all within walking distance of the Visitor Center, and I don’t imagine it will be difficult to find us wandering around.

Also – we have an address for our Monastery site.  The address is:

13100 E. Enon Road, Hope, Indiana.

Our plan is to depart Columbus for the project site at 3pm CST and meet at the site at 3:30pm CST.

Lastly, should you need anything or should something come up before or during the trip, please let your professor know by email, etc.

Looks like it’s going to be a pretty nice day.  See you there.


Columbus, Indiana Site Visit




NOTE: There is a one hour difference between Columbus IN and Chicago IL.

The below times are all based on Chicago time.


NOTE: Despite this year’s incredibly mild winter, let’s remain aware that it’s still February.  It could be 50 degrees, but it could also be 20 degrees.  In the event of really poor weather, we’ll make an announcement via the blog and by studio emails the night before.


Leave Chicago:  7:00am


Arrive at Columbus Indiana Visitors Center by 11am. (noon EST)

The trip should take 4 hours without stopping.

You are going to this address below:


Columbus Area Visitors Center
506 Fifth Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201
800.468.6564 / 812.378.2622


map and directions link (from Crown Hall):


Arrive in parking lot and meetup with professors in groups of 15+- max. **


Professors will spread out  as docents at the following buildings, but you are welcome to tour other buildings in the downtown area as you see fit.  Map of Columbus, Indiana architectural attractions can be downloaded here (), or you may also purchase one at the Visitors Center for $3.


some of the buildings to visit on 5th street / Washington street (walking):


St. Peters Lutheran Church

Gunnar Birkerts, 1988


First Christian Church

Eliel Saarinen, 1942


First Financial

Eero Saarinen, 1942


Cummins, Inc.

Roche Dinkaloo, 1983


Columbus Post Office

Roche Dinkaloo, 1970



The Commons

Koetter Kim & Associates


buildings to visit off of 5th street: (drive to)


North Christian Church

Eero Saarinen, 1964


Republic Newspaper

Myron Goldsmith, SOM, 1971


First Baptist Church

Harry Weese, 1965


Meet back at Visitor Center at 3:00pm (4:00pm EST) to leave for project site.


Arrive at studio project-site by 3:30pm (4:30 EST)

Site:  Location within 30 minutes of Columbus – exact location TBD.


Leave project site at dark – 5:30pm +/- (6:30 EST).


For those interested in staying over Friday night at a Monastery, please see Charles Braucher and let him know.  This group will travel to Ferdinand at5:30pm, arriving at 7:30pm (8:30 EST).


Sisters of St Benedict

Monastery Immaculate Conception

802 East 10th Street

Ferdinand Indiana, 47532

cost:  TBD


Tour of the Monastery will be complete around noon on Saturday, and at that point whoever is interested can travel to New Harmony, Indiana.  The drive back to Chicago from Ferdinand is estimated to be 5 ½ – 6 hours.

2 | St. Columbus (IN) Monastery Brief


In keeping with the spirit of the material, and using our newly honed intuitions regarding light and contemplation, we will spend the rest of the semester designing a Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery just outside of Columbus, Indiana.

“ Whoever sets foot in some peaceful haven of the Cistercian, whoever comes upon a scene of ruins in the snow, a church choir forgotten in the woods, a monastery perched on the Pyrenean cliffs, is moved by them.  Solemnity, calm and dignity speak from the stones.  Some part of everyone knows the longing for unconditional self-commitment, which gave these works birth; renouncing the world, living in an isolated community, in which each day is to be imbued with special meaning by that ultimate Truth of daring ideal, that through unceasing meditation upon God and his incessant praise one’s self may be forgotten and yet found.  The monastic ideal represents one of humanity’s truly imposing designs for living.”
Excerpt from: Braunfels, Wolfgang. Monasteries of Western Europe: The Architecture of the Orders.

As we have discussed, the Monastery project has been chosen specifically because of it’s incredibly strong programmatic nature, and it’s inward focus.  A Monastery might be a program that you may understand lightly on the surface, but in order to design, you will need to investigate and research in a manner you have likely not yet undertaken thus far in your architectural education.

A Monastery will afford us the opportunity to put our curiosities to work, and design primarily through the potentials of programming, which will be our first step.

– perform thorough research on an unknown building typology
– develop agendas, hypothesis and hunches based on authentic research
– perform thorough programmatic  analysis and discovery of the program based on your agendas
– research and document specific monastery precedents for comparison and analysis
– develop a specific building program from your research and building planning exercises

project brief:
Design a Roman Catholic Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery for 12 monks and an Abbott.  The Monastery should include:
– A Cloister
– A Chapel, with entry space, for a congregation of 120 people not including the monks.
– The primary spaces and subsequent support spaces of a Monastery including a Chapterhouse,  a library for a collection of 10,000 books, a scriptorium combined with the novices day room, and a refectory with hand washing lavatorium , kitchen and storage.
– Individual sleeping cells for the 12 monks and the abbot.
– Sufficient building support space such as mechanical and electrical rooms.

It will be assumed that the Trappist Monks will farm a local field and sell their produce to support themselves, but that the buildings and equipment necessary for those functions will be adjacent to but not part of your Monastery.  The design of these facilities is not to be included as part of your semester project, but understanding the daily routines, rituals and circulation paths to and from the farm will be critical.

There will be three initial steps in two phases – an initial research and precedent phase followed by a programmatic analysis phase. These phases will be described in more detail in subsequent blog posts.

The Holy Rule of St. Benedict
Parts of a Benedictine Monastery
The Carthusian Order
Charterhouse of the Transfiguration

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We are tentatively planning a field trip to see the site – well, any cornfield, actually – in central Indiana and combine that with a trip to Columbus, IN on either Friday, 2/17 or Saturday 2/18 or both, and for it to be cool with the University, we need to fill out our travel permission slips tomorrow.  You’ve done this in the past, so you know the info you need generally, but as a reminder, the hangup is usually the health insurance coverage.  So – in addition to everything else, please bring in tomorrow you health insurance info to fill those out.  More tentative details to follow.