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The Midwest Town That Designs Above Its Weight

A new film, Columbus, stars a cast of stunning mid-century buildings across the small Indiana city where it takes place. New initiatives may cultivate its reputation for years to come.
Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) and Jin (John Cho), standing in front of Eero Saarinen's North Christian Church in a scene from Columbus.
Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) and Jin (John Cho), standing in front of Eero Saarinen's North Christian Church in a scene from Columbus.Elisha Christian, Superlative Films/Depth of Field

The new movie Columbus, set against the backdrop of largely unknown Columbus, Indiana, tells the story of the budding friendship between Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a local high school grad, and Jin (John Cho), a professional visiting from Korea.

Equally important, it’s a moving portrayal of the influence thoughtful architecture can bring to a place, something the city is thinking about off-screen today.