First Christian Church’s clock tower, completed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1942, has been restored in Columbus, Indiana

In Columbus, Indiana, over 300 community members gathered recently inside First Christian Church, completed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1942, to celebrate the full restoration of the building’s iconic clock tower. Louis Joyner Architect (LJA), an Indiana firm, was the restoration architect.

In total, the repairs cost over $3 million to make, and about eight months to implement. Funds were raised to address structural damages and restore the clock tower, made up of Indiana limestone carved grille screens, to its original glory. The restoration marks the first comprehensive restoration of Saarinen’s iconic tower in its 81-year history, officials said. “We are so thrilled to have

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