The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. 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. Experience one of the finest expressions of American modernism, an integration of house and landscape that draws upon historical precedents without repeating them, enfolding them in a compelling composition of forms and spaces that captures the genius of its designers, the aspirations of its owners, and the spirit of their time. (From the IMA web site, more information here)
Travel + Leisure magazine said:
“Designed by legendary architect Eero Saarinen, the J. Irwin & Xenia Miller House ranks alongside Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House as a hallmark of Modernist design. It was completed in 1957, but unlike those residences, it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful Modernist gardens in the United States, created by landscape architect Dan Kiley."
See beautiful photos of the Miller House at the websites for Dwell magazine and The Republic newspaper.
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.
Travel writer Jordan Simon listed Columbus, Indiana among his Top 10 Things to See in the U.S. Before You Die on Aol.com. Columbus (pop. 44,000) was listed alongside the likes of Charleston, S.C., the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park. Simon says, “For a small city, Columbus is a major repository of modern architecture, with works by luminaries like Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, and Richard Meier. This destination says design from the get go...” In honor of this acknowledgment, we’ve created our own Top 10 List...
- ONE : See Seven National Historic Landmarks, including one that's never been open to the public, Miller House and Garden, a masterwork designed by Eero Saarinen, and featured on CBS News Sunday Morning.
- TWO : Take a tour of more than 60 modern marvels via a guided tour, or on your own, with your cell phone.
- THREE : See two original works by Dale Chihuly - a dazzling, 900-piece yellow neon chandelier and a colorful quilt of plexiglass
- FOUR : Check out the bridges of Bartholomew County – two sleek modern bridges and a covered bridge in a beautiful park setting.
- FIVE : Take in some local flavor with culinary experiences ranging from beer-tastings and wine pairings to gourmet marshmallows to progressive dinners at multiple restaurants.
Why you will find Columbus unforgettable...
- SIX : Walk the People Trails. It's an inspiring way to get in those 10,000 steps, while you look to spot the blue herons on the Flatrock River.
- SEVEN : Drink a Green River at Zaharakos, hear the Orchestrion, and, for a limited time, indulge in some homemade cherry ice cream!
- EIGHT : Explore the city to find dozens of pieces of large-scale, public art.
- NINE : Discover little surprises around every corner. One alleyway is filled with colorful neon sculptures.
- TEN : Find a one-of-a-kind collectible at Indiana’s largest antique mall, which is huge and amazingly well-organized.
Columbus, Indiana is a surprising community that is known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects and landscape architects. A great destination for a getaway, Columbus is located within the Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati triangle, and might be just another forgettable small Midwestern city except for the vision of local leaders who wanted to make Columbus the best community they could create.
The results speak for themselves. Columbus is ranked sixth in the U.S. for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects. And Columbus isn't standing still. More building projects are being completed and more are underway. We hope you will one day be able to come enjoy the architecture, public art, gardens and landscaping, and a first-rate park system.
To see everything you may want to know in one handy guide, view our current Visitors Guide brochure here >
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