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Miller House and Garden Tour

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Address: 506 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201-6225
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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Innovation in Small Mid-western city

Erwin Miller who once vied for nomination to be President of the US, brought numerous innovative ideas to Columbus. His home and gardens reflect his interests and impact on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Columbus, Indiana
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mr Miller was a principle in Cummins Inc, the diesel engine company headquartered in Columbus, IN. He had architect Eero Saarinen design this house c 1955 for him and his family (Saarinen also designed the famous St Louis arch). Other notable persons of the time designed the interior and the landscaping. Eventually the family gave it to the Indianapolis Museum... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Erwin Miller who once vied for nomination to be President of the US, brought numerous innovative ideas to Columbus. His home and gardens reflect his interests and impact on Columbus.

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Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully maintained marvel of modern architecture. Go see it! I just hope you get a better tour guide than ours. He made it pretty clear on shuttle ride one the way out that we have a limited amount of time, he'll tell us all the important things, if we have a question about a decorative arts object save it for... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Short bus trip from visitors center to the home brings you to a place architects from all over want to see. Wonderful.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A real treat for architecture buffs. The Miller House is a fascinating home. It is a national landmark. Our guide provided much interesting information not just about the home but also about Mr. Miller and his family. Highly recommended.

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Built in the early 1950's this home & its furnishings would be considered modern today. Beautiful house, furnishings and landscaping. Excellent tour guide. A very worthwhile experience.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Miller House tour is great! The landscaping surrounding the home has been well thought out from its inception. The home itself is straight out of a architecture magazine. Every detail inside has a purpose. It's so beautiful that it's hard to believe a family with 5 children rough-housed here! Take the Columbus Architectural Tour in the morning and the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The architecture tours in Columbus are excellent and informative. One tour takes in the many architectural sights in this small city. Even more exciting is the tour of the home of Irwin Miller, former chairman of Cummins Inc. and mastermind of Columbus' rich architectural heritage. His home is an extraordinary example of mid century modern, designed by Eero Saarenan. The... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a gift Irwin Miller's family gave to the world. The fascinating story and the collaboration of three famous architects/designers with impute from family created such a "public/private" functional home. Thank you so much.

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tour Guide, Willis, was well prepared to present the home by Eero Saarinen, interior by Alexander Girard and the landscaping by Dan Kiley. It was a beautiful day to tour this great property.

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