• Our Mission

    The Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation was created to preserve, promote and support, financially, and otherwise, the various historic and educational attributes of New Harmony, Indiana, and the Part of Posey County, Indiana, that is immediately adjacent to and historically or culturally related to the Town of New Harmony.

    A 501(c)(3), the Corporation has been organized exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes.

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  • The Roofless Church
  • Carols Garden and the Fountain of Life
  • The Cathedral Labyrinth
  • Chapel of the Little Portion (St. Francis Chapel)
  • The MacLeod Barn Abbey
  • Mother Superior House & Adjoining Community House No. 2
  • The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter's House
  • The Poet's House
  • The Community House
  • The Barrett-Gate House
  • Paul Tillich Park

  • RLB Properties

    Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation has several properties that include sculptures in New Harmony, Indiana.  

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  • Art Day Camp

    Children, ages five through eight, test their creative skills at a Foundation sponsored Summer Art Camp.

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  • The New Harmony Project

    The New Harmony Project encourages the creation, nurturing and promotion of new works for stage, television and film that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life.

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The Roofless Church

An architectural monument designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The non-denominational church is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. It was commissioned by the late Jane Blaffer Owen, founder of the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation and a New Harmony resident passionate about preserving nature. Johnson and Owen envisioned a church where the only roof large enough to encompass a world of worshippers was the sky.

The church was dedicated in 1960 and is maintained by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and Southern Indiana. Today, in addition to being a tourist attraction, the Roofless Church is a popular site for weddings and other sacred ceremonies.

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For information about tours, please call Chris Laughbaum at 1-812-682-3050 or use our Contact Form.

Jane Blaffer Owen:
Our Founder

Jane Blaffer Owen CBE (1915 2010) was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Robert Lee Blaffer and Sarah Campbell Blaffer. Her father helped start the Humble Oil Company, now Exxon, and her maternal grandfather was a founder of the Texas Oil Company, formally known as Texaco.

She grew up traveling the world, and in 1933, graduated from the Ethel Walker School in Connecticut. She studied at Bryn Mawr, the Washington School of Diplomacy, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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