The Miller House and Garden located in Columbus, Indiana is an important midcentury modern gem. Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 for J. Irwin Miller and his family, the home features interiors designed by Alexander Girard and landscaping by Daniel Kiley. The Miller family donated the home and grounds to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009. After undergoing a complete restoration, it opened to the public as part of the permanent collection of the museum in May. The glass and steel structure with slate panels is exemplary of modernist architecture of the period. The home has a grid of skylights which illuminate Girard’s vibrant color palette, in the living rooms conversation pit.
The original master plan for the interiors by Alexander Girard are on display, including fabric swatches and sketches. The original drawings of the landscape architecture, floor plans and interiors for the property are also on view. Saarnin’s own tulip chairs are in the dining area, with a custom marble and terrazzo table of his design.
“Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller in 1953, Miller House expands upon an architectural tradition developed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—epitomizing the international Modernist aesthetic—with an open and flowing layout, flat roof and stone and glass walls”. Indianapolis Museum of Art
In 2000, the Miller House became the first National Historic Landmark to receive its designation while one of its designers, Dan Kiley, was still living and while still occupied by its original owners. Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Learn more on how to reserve a tour.