Out and About Wright 2015
Wright and Modernism in Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 1-3, 2015
The deadline to register is April 10

Central Indiana holds a trove of architectural treasures. Some, like Frank Lloyd Wright's Richard Davis House (1950) and John E. Christian House-Samara (1954) are tucked away in leafy enclaves, and some, like the midcentury modern wonders of Columbus, Indiana, hide in plain sight.

On the Conservancy's annual Out and About Wright tour on Saturday, May 2, you'll get to see both of Wright's distinctive central Indiana works as well as several highlights around Indianapolis, one of the New York Times' top places to go in 2014.

Saturday, May 2

We'll depart from the Omni Severin Hotel starting at 8:30 a.m. to tour the local landmark Christian Theological Seminary (Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1966) and the 2012 AIA Honor Award-winning Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion (Marlon Blackwell Architects, 2010) in the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. After a brief stop at local icon The Pyramids (Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, 1967), we'll head out to Wright's John E. Christian House-Samara (1954) in West Lafayette, a copper fascia-adorned Usonian still occupied by its original owner, and Richard Davis House (1950) in Marion, with its unique 38-foot central octagonal teepee (we are one of the very few groups to tour this unique Wright work!). A seated lunch is included. We'll return to the hotel, centrally located near many downtown dining options, around 6:30 p.m. Tickets $150 per person for Conservancy members / $175 for non-members

Friday, May 1 (private event exclusively for Leadership Circle and board members)

Until recently the opulent 15,000-plus-square-foot Parry Mansion was overrun with vegetation and practically hidden from view. But the 1904 house--called Golden Hill when it was the only residence in the historic district that now bears the name--was recently fully renovated. We'll depart from the Omni at 6 p.m. for a private tour of the house along with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the magnificent tiled conservatory and a seated dinner in the house's white-marbled dining hall. The developer and architect will be on hand to provide insight into the process of restoring portions of the mansion to its 1927 state. Tickets $75 per person.

Sunday, May 3

The list of architects with works in Columbus, Indiana reads like a who's who of the great modernists: Saarinen, Pei, Weese, Pelli, Meier, Roche, Venturi... We'll leave from the Omni Severin at 8 a.m. for the trip to this modernist mecca, stopping to tour one of the last buildings Eero Saarinen ever designed, the North Christian Church (1964) and the first modern building in the city, Eliel Saarinen's First Christian Church (1942). The highlight of the day will be a private tour of Eero Saarinen's Miller House (1953), built for J. Irwin Miller, the businessman and arts patron who drew the top midcentury talent to the small rural city. Detailed maps will be provided to walk between the small downtown's many architectural sights at your own pace as we tour the Miller House in small groups. Lunch included. We'll make a stop at the Indianapolis International Airport (itself an award-winning architectural site designed by HOK) at around 4:15 p.m. to drop people off before arriving back at the Omni Severin around 5 p.m. Space is very limited. Note: Come prepared for a rain-or-shine self-guided walking tour to get the most out of Columbus.

>>>UPDATE 2/13: We've reached capacity for the Sunday tour; please email to be placed on the wait list and be contacted if space becomes available. Space is still available for the Saturday tour.

Participants traveling to Indianapolis for Out and About Wright get a special rate at the Omni Severin Hotel (1913), the last surviving "grand hotel" in the city. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

>> Click here to book your room at the Omni Severin Hotel at the special rate of $149/night or call 317.634.6664
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