COLUMBUS, Ind. — Funding has been secured for the first step in refurbishing the 75-year-old structure that launched Columbus’ Modernist architectural legacy, with work at First Christian Church expected to begin in the spring.

Architect Louis Joyner, who with structural engineer Jim Lewis first completed a study of the building’s needs in September 2014, will be project designer.

First Christian, built in 1942, was the first example of Modern architecture in a city that now has 78 such examples, according to architect Steve Risting, who has authored a book on the city’s Modernism.

Please read Saturday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.