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The Miller House in Columbus, Indiana


Commissioned in 1953 by J. Irwin and Xenia Miller, the Miller House is a stunning example of midcentury residential design, as well as an important expansion upon the International Modernist aesthetics of the time. Architecture by Eero Saarinen, interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape by Dan Kiley. Collaborating designers include Kevin Roche and Balthazar Korab. Personal snapshots from a recent visit—forgive the quality of the images!

This is but one of the many custom emblems Alexander Girard integrated into his custom rug for the Miller House den—it...
Each of the children's rooms boasted a different color.
The common room for the Miller family children, which Xenia converted into an additional workspace for herself after...
The illuminated base of the circular 96-inch marble dining table is believed to be the inspiration for Eero Saarinen's...
J. Irwin Miller wanted his house to have all the conveniences afforded by modern technology.
Girard's keen interest in Folk Art and mastery of color aided him in his custom designed rugs for the family—comprised...
Among the house's many incredible features is the 50-foot-long custom storage wall that runs the length of one side of...
The famed conversation pit at the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, was one of the earliest—and most widely...
Slate pavers lead from the house to the pool, which features a custom gate designed by Alexander Girard.
The Miller House overlooks a ten-acre meadow that slopes toward Flat Rock River. The landscape design is by Dan Kiley.
Alexander Girard designed this diminutive ottoman for Xenia Miller's dressing room.
A close-up view of the custom iron gate by Alexander Girard, which opens to the Millers' pool.
The breakfast area, just outside J. Irwin and Xenia Miller's bedroom, overlooking the meadow.

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