Veterans Memorial

Bartholomew County

Columbus, IN  USA

Scope: Situated on Bartholomew County Courthouse Square near entrance to the city; 25 columns of rock-cut Indiana limestone honor the county’s veterans of 20th century wars

The winner of a national design competition, the Veterans Memorial is a grid of limestone pillars: a monolith of rough and naturally textured stone when viewed from afar and—from its interior meditative spaces—a forest of soaring columns separated by narrow passageways. Veterans’ names, letters and diary entries were etched on the smooth surfaces. At night, lights embedded in the base create a dramatic play of light and shadow and illuminate the memorial’s interior.

Materials: Indiana limestone; black granite

Boston Society of Architects, Design Honor Award
Boston Society of Architects, Unbuilt Architecture Award
Building Stone Institute, Tucker Award of Excellence

Photographer: Chuck Choi Architectural Photography