University of Southern Indiana
Atheneum building in New Harmony, Indiana

Atheneum 40th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to our sponsors, speakers & attendees for making the Atheneum 40th Celebration a great success!

The University of Southern Indiana Foundation and Historic New Harmony invite you to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Atheneum, Richard Meier’s masterpiece of modern architecture, in New Harmony, Indiana.

A bit about the Atheneum:

Completed in 1979, the Atheneum is an internationally celebrated and award-winning example of modern architecture. 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 was a breakthrough commission in Richard Meier’s career. It was his first major commission; and the model and architectural drawings are now part of the permanent architecture collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Construction began in 1975 and was completed in 1979. The structure is clad in white porcelain panels and glass attached to a steel frame.

Pedestrian circulation through the building is a continuous experience all the way to the roof terrace and, from the ramp, to the community beyond. 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.

The Atheneum is located at 401 N. Arthur St., New Harmony, Indiana 47631

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Celebrating 40 years of this “Role Model” of Modern Architecture 

The goal is to raise a minimum of $250,000 to fund the celebration and much needed upgrades and continued facility preservation and to ensure it remains a vibrant part of New Harmony's landscape for many more years to come.  A sample of these types of renovations and upgrades include:

Roof and tile repairs
Restroom renovation to be ADA compliant 
Theater upgrades: new sound equipment, control panels, lighting and audio-visual system
Repair and update exhibit cases
Refinish wood floors
Upgrades to the roof deck
Repairs and cleaning to the Harmonist town model

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 10, 2019:  Join us at 6:30 p.m. at the Atheneum for The Future of New Harmony as a Cultural Town, a panel discussion with local and regional “role models”. 
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Friday, October 11, 2019:  Join us from 2 -7 p.m. at the Atheneum for 200 Years of New Harmony: A Role Model for the Future, a day of amazing speakers featuring leaders from the world of art, preservation and architecture.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019:  Join us for our grand reception, gala dinner, auction and afterparty.
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Directions and Accommodations

Find out how to get here and where to stay.  View more information.

Sponsors and Donors

Thanks to our exceptional sponsors and donors. View the full list of sponsors and donors.

Need more information?

If interested in sponsorships or have questions contact:

Andrea Gentry, Director of Development, USI Foundation at 812-464-1997 or Leslie Townsend, Director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony, at 812-465-7013.

Can’t attend but want to support our fundraising efforts?

Visit: to make a charitable gift for the Atheneum

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