University of Southern Indiana
Atheneum building in New Harmony, Indiana

Atheneum 40th Anniversary Celebration

Any visit to New Harmony is likely to start at the Atheneum Visitors Center and Museum, designed by renowned architect Richard Meier. Completed in 1979, the Atheneum is an internationally celebrated and award-winning example of modern architecture.  The bright-white structure somehow manages to both stand out from the surrounding community and, paradoxically, fit right in.

Notable for its light and clean spaces, the Atheneum is a three-story building with a long ramp and overlaying grids that provide beautiful views of the town, Wabash river and surrounding countryside from just about anywhere inside and on the spacious viewing deck on the roof. It was designed so that visitors can take a specific path through the building and then emerge into New Harmony itself.

The Atheneum has received numerous design awards, including the Progressive Architecture Award for 1979, the American Institute of Architects Award in 1982, and the Twenty-five Year Award in 2008.

In 2019, the University of Southern Indiana Foundation and Historic New Harmony will present a 40th anniversary celebration of the Atheneum with exhibits throughout the year. 

October 10-12, 2019 a speaker series will be hosted featuring key representatives from world of architecture, artists and “role models” who strive to make a difference in preservation, art, design and our world. 

October 12, 2019, a VIP reception, black and white gala dinner and auction and afterparty will light up the Atheneum and its sweeping lawn.

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