First Christian Church
Built in 1942, the First Christian Church was the first modern building constructed in Columbus, Indiana and one of the first modern churches built in the country. It is a National Historic Landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure consists of the 160 foot tower, the main church hall which also contains a chapel and auditorium, and another hall housing the Bible school; a bridge connects both halls. The church was designed by renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. His son, Eero, designed the interior with the assistance of Saarinen's wife, who helped design the sanctuary tapestry, and Charles Eames, who designed the children's furniture.
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