The Miller House and Garden, located in Columbus, Indiana has recently opened to the public for tours.
From its construction in 1950 until earlier this year, the Miller House was not open to the public. But when the Indianapolis Museum of Art took over the property, museum officials decided to make public what for so long had been private.
“The Indianapolis museum of art became involved because the Miller family was forward thinking about the disposition for this house. They understood that it was a significant piece of architecture,” said Bradley Brooks, of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
“The property is about 13 and half acres all together. And most of it is to the west of the house leading away to the Flat Rock River.”
Besides Mrs. Miller’s personal touch in the home, Brooks says the Millers spent time in choosing the proper architect and interior designer for their project.
“Alexander Gerard was the interior designer for this project, he would have been the person to have the job to detail out all the finer points of each interior.”
The house is famous for its intricate interior design and modernist architecture.
“The Millers had a really keen eye. They were involved in really relatively small details of the house,” he said.
There are many unique aspects to the house, including its fireplace, kitchen, dining room, and most notably the conversation pit which provides a lot of seating without a lot of furniture.
In construction costs alone, the Miller House and Garden is worth more than five million dollars today.