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Miller House and Garden Tour

Address: 506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201
Phone Number: 8123782622
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Owner description: The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen...
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Owner description: 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 a National Historic Landmark. The home, completed in 1957,was described in the Wall Street Journal as "...not only a landmark of modern architecture but also a fine example, possibly the finest, of a kind of modernist design with which too few are familiar, one that is warm, livable and majestic as it flows together with the landscape." Guided tours, with only 13 guests per tour, are offered 11 times a week from March through November.

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149 reviews 149 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Miller House is an amazing achievement of simplicity, art and function. If you have an interest in mid-century design the Miller House should already be on your list. If not, get there soon!

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Dayton, Ohio, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great little tour for a rainy day, little pricey ($22) for an 1.5-2hr tour. The house and history of the architecture and the Miller family are very interesting.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a must see of brilliant men collaborating on a project. From the moment you walk into the home you are awed by the sheer design. It's so unique and although it is a showcase it is also a home that is welcoming. Dan Kiley did an extraordinary job on the landscape which I fell in love with as... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The IMA runs this 1.5 hour tour that gives you access to the home and grounds of this amazing mid-century home. The volunteer docents are very nice and try to give funny stories about the family that lived here. The home is a collaboration of Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard's best work....the "conversation pit" alone is worth the trip. Unfortunately... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The tour, available through the IMA and the Visitor's Center, is a great opportunity to step back in time to the late 50s and early 60s. Although it is a piece of modern art in it's own right, it was also a home and it reflects the owner's lives. The layout is in the mid-modern style and very interesting. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a wonderful example of a mid-century home. It has the best of the time. Our docent, Dody was knowledgeable of the house and the family that had lived there. The house is a beautiful showcase of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Dan Kiley. Reservations are a must. The number per tour is very limited.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a perfect complement to our visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. From start to finish the experience was seamless even though Joyce had to cope with the shuttle being out of commission. She did a great job getting the docents together and making our tour happen. We had limited this group to 26 people after Becky Harper helped... More 

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DeWitt, Michigan
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The house is an architectural masterpiece and our guide, Mary, was able to tell the tell the interesting story of the home. Both the house and the grounds are amazing. Well worth the time if you are interested in architecture.

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Sidney, Ohio
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Loved this place. We take a lot of house tours and see a lot of victorian furnishings and lavish interiors, but you don't find many Mid-Century Modern homes preserved. For a group tour organizer, the limit of 13 people per house tour is a bit problematic to coordinate, but worth the trouble. Most of our folks really enjoyed it. At... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Miller House tour is a fascinating tour of a private home designed by Eero Saarinen. The home was used for many years, and therefore has all sorts of interesting decorative elements. The building itself is starkly white, with the landscaping being enjoyable from indoors as well. The room arrangement is very geometric, echoing the grid lines of the building... More 

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