This May, visitors to the Columbus, Indiana area have the opportunity to tour the Irwin Miller House, completed in 1957 by Eero Saarinen. Thanks to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, patrons may arrange private and group tours of the home and its adjoining gardens.
The Irwin Miller House was the third project (and second residence) that American businessman and modern architecture patron Irwin Miller comissioned from architect and designer Eero Saarinen. Irwin and Eero had met years earlier when Irwin's grandfathers — who were both preachers — asked Eliel Saarinen to design the Tabernacle Church of Christ (later renamed the First Christian Church) in Columbus, Eero accompanied his father on the trip.
The two men became lifelong friends, and when the Miller family was in need of a bigger home for their expanding family, they turned to Saarinen to design a modernist home with privacy and recreation in mind. For the interiors, the couple hired Alexander Girard, who at the time was the director of textile design at Herman Miller. Girard worked closely with Xenia Miller to incoporate personal touches into the decor, including a rug that reflected the family's history.
For more information about the Miller House and to schedule a tour, visit the IMA Miller House online.