Modernist National Historic Landmark open for public tours
Located in Columbus, Indiana, and one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences, Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Dan Kiley.
Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller in 1952, Miller House and Garden was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. The 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 vast stone and glass walls. The rooms, configured beneath a grid pattern of skylights supported by cruciform steel columns, are filled with strong colors and playful patterns. Amid the residence’s large geometric gardens, its grandest feature is an allée of honey locust trees that runs along the west side of the house.
Columbus, Indiana, is ranked sixth in the nation by the American Institute of Architects for architectural innovation and design. National Geographic Traveler ranked Columbus as America’s most significant historic place on the strength of its architectural heritage. As a way to attract outstanding architectural talent to design public facilities in the central Indiana community of Columbus, Miller created the Architecture Design Program within The Cummins Foundation.
MILLER HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
One-hour guided tours are offered daily departing from the Columbus Area Visitors Center at 506 Fifth Street, Columbus.
columbus.in.us or imamuseum.org
DURATION: 90 minutes—interior and exterior home tour. Begins and ends at Visitors Center.
COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURE TOUR
Two-hour guided bus tour enables you to see many of the 70 world renowned building and public art installations that made Columbus famous.
DURATION: 2 hours—bus tour, minimal walking. Begins and ends at Visitors Center go to columbus.in.us for times.