Last year myself and a small group were privileged to tour many of the amazing modern structures of Columbus Indiana. The pinnacle of the trip was a evening at the J. Irwin Miller house. The culmination of these 3 modern minded designers, Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Dan kiley is nothing short of reverence. Almost a year later the home is now taking reservations for tours starting May 10th, 2011. Make the jump to get all of the tour details and some great links.
Joseph Irwin Miller (1909-2004) was born into a prominent Columbus, Indiana, family with business interests in banking, industry, and real estate. Irwin Miller attended Yale University, majoring in Greek and Latin and graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1931. He then received a master’s degree from Oxford University in 1933.
In 1934, Irwin Miller began working at Cummins Engine Company—founded by his great- uncle—which builds diesel engines in Columbus, Indiana. Under Irwin Millers leadership the company persevered to become the leading independent diesel manufacturer in the world. In addition to being a patron of modern architecture, Irwin Miller was a philanthropist and industrialist well known for his civic activism.
Significant not only to Columbus, the Miller House is also one of the most important modern houses in the country. R. Craig Miller, the IMA’s senior curator of Design Arts and director of Design Initiatives (and no relation) said, “You had these three extraordinary designers at the peak of their careers, working for two exceptional and discerning clients with almost unlimited means.” The house is not as well known as others because it was the primary residence of the Millers for decades and seldom available to be shown or photographed—another point of rarity. Text from here
The underside of the Grand Piano was painted red because it was visible from the conversation pit.
In the next six weeks, we will see news coverage in Elle Décor, Dwell, Architectural Digest, New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Midwest Living, Indianapolis Monthly and more. After seeing the home myself I for one would put it on your “must see” list.
Images of the Miller House are used with permission and are © Flickr user khorsean.
Make your reservation here!
Make sure to check out the IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art for more info on the Miller house
Also check out the Columbus, Indiana and Visitors Bureau