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Roofless Church

The Roofless Church is an open space surrounded by a brick wall. It’s most prominent feature is a dome covered in cedar shingles that covers a statue by Jacques Lipchitz. There are other sculptures by prominent artists, including Stephen De Staebler, both inside and outside the wall; as well as a small, quiet garden with benches for contemplation. A balcony with stone benches provides a beautiful frame for the natural world outside. Continue reading

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The Atheneum Visitor Center

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. Continue reading

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Cathedral Labyrinth

New Harmony’s Cathedral Labyrinth is a recreation of the 13th century Chartres Labyrinth in France. The original was used as a substitute for a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Today, it is intended as a tool for meditation, spiritual deepening, creativity, or other forms of inspiration. Continue reading

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Church Park

New Harmony’s Church Park was built on the original site of the Harmonist church and is a wonderful place for rest and reflection as you make your way around the town. The park features a fountain by celebrated American sculptor Don Gummer, who along with his wife, the actress Meryl Streep, is a noted philanthropist as well. The park also features the famous Harmonist golden rose motif, which has become, along with the Labyrinth, the symbol of New Harmony. Continue reading

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Rapp-Owen Granary

The Rapp-Owen Granary is one of New Harmony’s most spectacular buildings, and a national landmark as well. Originally seven stories, but later redesigned to be two floors with very high ceilings and solid wood beams and rafters, the building radiates warm spaciousness and awesome grandeur. Continue reading

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