Made in Indiana Illustrated by James McQuiston Indiana Architectural Foundation; $12
‘Made in Indiana,’ Illustrated by James McQuiston, Indiana Architectural Foundation; $12
Made in Indiana: A Sketchbook of Our Built Environment is a whopping 10-inch-by-17-inch spiral-bound coloring book of Indiana state monuments, buildings, bridges and other significant architectural sites illustrated by architect James McQuiston and published by the Indiana Architectural Foundation. This oversized entertainment is targeted to Indiana’s elementary school students, specifically the approximately 80,000 fourth-graders in the throes of their Indiana history curriculum. What fourth-grader wouldn’t enthusiastically anticipate digging into a coloring book of such bigness? Students will be learning about architectural preservation without even realizing it! The Penn Railroad Depot in Richmond is one of the 24 sites explored in the coloring book’s 24 pages. The Depot’s architectural style, scale and place in Indiana’s commerce are succinctly explained next to its illustration, which, in this case, is of a Depot window with a funny little boy sticking his tongue out, dog by his side. It’s just enough fun to keep a child intrigued, searching for the next element of surprise (like gnomes, nuns and angels) on each page. A teaching aid, Made in Indiana is available for a minimal cost to cover distribution to educators. Book price for non-fourth-graders (or closet colorers) who would enjoy this well-written architectural book as a quickie reference is $12. To order your copy, contact the Architectural Center Bookstore at 634-6993.