Midwest Living Review
For 50 years the home of Indiana's prominent industrialist and banker J. Irwin Miller and his family, the Miller House and Garden is both the latest addition to Columbus' reputation as an architectural showplace and one of the first steps along the path that made it so. Constructed for about $600,000 in the 1950s, the home is a leading example of modernist-style residences. Designed by world-famous architect Eero Saarinen, who also did the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, it was donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art after the death of Xenia Miller in 2008. Watch a short film and then board a shuttle bus from the visitors center in downtown Columbus (506 Fifth St.) to the house, about five minutes away along tree-lined streets. (No walk- or drive-up visitors will be accepted at the house.) Groups of about 13 visitors ooh and ahh their way through the one-story marble and glass showplace, led by trained tour leaders knowledgeable in the planning, construction and layout of the house, which still contains the Millers' furnishings. High points include the custom skylights that bathe the interior in natural light, the groundbreaking conversation pit, the tulip chairs surrounding the imposing white marble dining table, and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the graceful grounds rolling down to the Flat Rock River. The house was named a National Historic Landmark in the year 2000, the first to be so honored while still occupied by its original owners. Tours are $20 per person. From March through November, they're available Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and on Sundays at 1 p.m. During the winter months, however, only two tours run each week, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.