A Modern Masterpiece in Indiana

A Modern Masterpiece in Indiana

Sarah Coffey
Sep 9, 2009

In the 1950s, Joseph Irwin Miller assembled a dream team to design his residence in the Midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. Eero Saarinen would be the architect, Alexander Girard would craft the interiors, and Dan Kiley would design the gardens. If you're a fan of any of these modernist masters, you'll definitely want to check out a recent video tour of the home, posted by the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Art Babble...


The home stayed in the family for decades, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. In spring of 2009, the family transferred the property to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, who agreed to leave the house on its original site and restore the home, gardens, and interiors. The museum is currently at work on the renovation, which they hope will be complete and open to the public by summer, 2011.

In addition to the Miller House, Columbus is home to over 70 buildings and works of public art by internationally renowned architects. Mr. Miller played a huge part in the town's architectural evolution when he helped to establish the Cummins Foundation, a non-profit group funded by the Cummins Engine Company. The Foundation paid for the construction of community buildings by top-tier architects, leading to local designs by I.M. Pei, César Pelli, SOM, and others. For more on the architecture of Columbus, click here.

Screenshot and Video from Art Babble, licensed via Creative Commons

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