The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN







Now open to the public from 2011, the Miller House and Garden, the former home of J. Irwin and Xenia Miller, is one of the best examples of mid-century Modernist residences in the US. According to Travel + Leisure Magazine, it ranks alongside Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s famed Glass House as one of the best examples of Modernist design.

The 6,800 sq. ft. home has an open and flowing layout, a flat roof, slate floors, glass and stone walls plus colorful fabrics, furnishings and furniture. Outside there are 10 acres of lawn and gardens. It was designed as a place to raise their five children and entertain many friends and guests. In 2009 family members donated the house, gardens and many of the original furnishings to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Guided tours and special events are now available. The house was commissioned in 1952 and designed by Eero Saarinen. Alexander Girard designed the interior and Daniel Urban Kiley the landscape. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

I highly recommend taking one of the guided tours leaving from the Columbus Visitors Center. It is a stunning home that should not be missed.