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Miller House and Garden Tour

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Address: 506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201
Phone Number: 8123782622
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The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and...

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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Fantastic Mid Century House and Gardens

We have been to Columbus several times, but this house was not open to the public. It was well worth an additional visit. This house is beautifully designed and the furnishings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We have been to Columbus several times, but this house was not open to the public. It was well worth an additional visit. This house is beautifully designed and the furnishings are all there (other than the art collection). It's hard to believe that it is so completely preserved. It was a rainy day so we didn't get a chance... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

What a lovely day here! Well, actually, it was rainy nasty weather, which tells you a bit about how nice the tour was that it didn't matter! (I do wish we had brought an umbrella along, though!) Fascinating home and I learned a lot a didn't know about this period of architecture. I also really enjoyed the information and backstory... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

We made a visit to the town of Columbus, IN and while at the impressive visitors centre decided to book a tour. What a great decision - one of the most interesting home tours we have done. This property remained in family hands until it passed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, so the property and most of the original... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Ok, if you're as passionate about mid century modern architecture is I am then Saarinen's Miller house is an absolute must see. Columbus Indiana is less than an hour south of Indianapolis. Easy access and easy parking in central Columbus from which the tour bus leaves. The Indiana Museum of Art who manages the house has some irritating rules limiting... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I've lived in this town a long time and have always wondered what was behind the coveted bushes along washington st. I am not an architecture expert but the design was interesting. I felt like the house was cold from a children playing and inviting atmosphere. Worth seeing and appreciating how we all live differently.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We always wanted to go to the Miller house as a family and finally made it this year. The architecture and simplicity of the furnishings are intriguing. Also the reasoning behind the floor plan is quite interesting. We are glad we finally got there as a family Christmas present!

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Ok, I will admit to loving the Mid-Century Modern style of homes, but even for those who don't, I think seeing this house is a must see. I was happy to learn more about the Miller family, especially the father, who seemed to exemplify civic duty and great character. Certainly for this small city, he was hugely influential, but his... More 

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frankfort, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

My daughter and I love Mid Century Modern style homes and the Miller House is a perfect example of this style home and furnishings. The tour guide Bob did a fantastic job. I could go again. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Columbus area.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Wonderful tour of a unique modern house designed by architect Eero Saarinen (famous for the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport). This is one of the few modernist family homes that one can visit. It was the main home for Irwin and Xenia Miller and their 5 children. The interiors, designed by Alexander Girard are also fabulous and change with the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

For anyone interested in mid-century modern architecture and design, the Miller House is a must see. The house and gardens are spectacular, and the furnishings are exquisite. Unlike other homes I've seen from the era, the Miller House also combines mid-century furnishings with other eras and shows how a family actually lived there -- and it works extremely well. This... More 

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