Nicholas Calcott

Columbus, IN

Herman Miller

Architecture & Interiors

2017

A visit to the Miller House and the city of Columbus, Indiana, famed for its mid-century architecture.

In 1957, J. Irwin Miller, CEO of Cummins Inc. and head of its foundation, offered to pay the architects’ fees for any new public building in the city of Columbus, provided that that architect came from a list provided by Miller himself. Thus began a long building program featuring some of the finest names in mid-century architecture, including and especially Miller’s own home, designed by Eero Saarinen with interiors by Alexander Girard.

Project DetailsArt Director: Emily Anderson

Miller House, 1957, designed by Eero Saarinen, interiors by Alexander Girard

301 Washington, 1962, J. Irwin Miller’s office, designed by Alexander Girard

Photos in Columbus by Balthazar Korab

First Christian Church, 1942, designed by Eliel Saarinen

North Christian Church, 1962, designed by Eero Saarinen

Main street paint scheme, 1970s, designed by Alexander Girard

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Herman Miller

2020