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October 11 - October 13

Join Historic Milwaukee for our second trip to celebrate history and architecture. An unlikely architectural mecca, this small town in Indiana was ranked 6th in the nation for architectural innovation by the AIA. The city boasts 90 buildings and pieces of art by internationally-recognized artists and architects, many of whom have connections to Milwaukee!

This trip will not only celebrate the art and architecture of the community but will also experience Exhibit Columbus, an annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community. The 18 selected projects, contributed by international professionals and even a few local students, will activate the downtown and explore built heritage as inspiration and context for growing a vibrant, sustainable and equitable city.

Single $725, Double $575 (per person)
Registration and a $150 deposit is due by September 9. This fee includes a $125 tax-deductible donation to Historic Milwaukee, Inc. which supports our year-round mission to educate the public about history, architecture and preservation. This trip requires 24 travelers. If we are unable to secure enough participants the trip will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded.



Friday, October 11, 2019 (dinner included)

  • Morning: Depart Milwaukee
  • Stop at Pullman National Historic District (includes factory and company town self-guided tour)
  • Afternoon: Arrive Columbus, IN. Check in to Hotel Indigo.
  • Evening: Dinner at Upland Brewing Co. Pump House. Constructed in 1903, this pump house on the White River replaced the original, built in 1871, and was designed by Harrison Albright. It was renovated in 2016 by Upland and boasts great views of the River and iconic Robert Stewart Bridge.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (breakfast included)

  • Breakfast at Hotel Indigo
  • Morning: Tour of Miller House and Gardens. Showcasing the work of of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley, the Miller House was commissioned by J. Irwin & Xenia Miller in 1953. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2000. This building tour includes opportunities for interior photography.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon: Architectural Bus Tour of Columbus. The two-hour architecture bus tour drives by over thirty significant structures and works of art and includes two interior stops, depending on availability.
  • Evening: Dinner on your own

Sunday, October 13, 2019 (breakfast included)

  • Breakfast at Hotel Indigo
  • Morning: Exhibit Columbus Walking Tour. This fast-paced 90-minute tour includes an overview of many of the 18 installations around downtown and the sites they have been created in relationship to. Explore the five Miller Prize installations, and installations by international designers, and students, and professors from Midwestern universities. The Exhibit Columbus 2019 Exhibition highlights the idea that good design, at any scale, has the power to inspire and connect us all.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon: Depart for Milwaukee after lunch.
  • Return trip includes a short detour through Gary, IN.
  • Evening: Return to Milwaukee

Event Details

$575 – 725


Hotel Indigo
400 Brown St.
Columbus,, IN 47201 United States
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