Columbus is world-renowned for its architecture, and visitors often come to the city expressly to see the city’s artwork and architectural treasures. Because they are significant, so is the task of maintaining them.

It is an important responsibility and a challenge. As some of the architecturally significant older buildings age, even more attention is needed to preserve them.

Another challenge is that some of the caretakers of these pieces are aging, too. A next generation of preservationists is needed.

That why it’s been refreshing to see Landmark Columbus step up to the task.

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The grassroots organization formed at the end of 2014 through the Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Its purpose is to care for and celebrate the city’s design heritage.

Landmark Columbus has been quite busy in a short amount of time. For example:

It organized a series of monthly Chaotic Tuesday events at The Commons, inviting people to watch as the Chaos I sculpture comes to life, and learn about it.

In August, it organized volunteers to clean up the landscape architecture surrounding North Christian Church in Columbus. The church, one of seven properties in the city designated a National Historic Landmark, suffered significant tree damage during a mid-July storm. Volunteers wanted to preserve landscape architect Dan Kiley’s vision for the church grounds.

Members led a public walking tour in October to showcase the city’s design heritage.

The organization presented a public conversation event in October to inform residents about Landmark Columbus and see who might be interested in joining their effort.

Landmark Columbus has picked up the torch on preserving the city’s design heritage, which is important to keep city gems preserved for future generations of residents and visitors.

Considering its efforts to involve volunteers, the organization presents a great opportunity for local residents to get involved and aid a worthy cause now and for years to come.

To learn more

To learn more about Landmark Columbus, sign up for its newsletter by going online to landmarkcolumbus.org, or the organization’s Facebook page at facebook.com/landmarkcolumbus/.