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Building Conservation Associates

Miller House & Garden

Location: Columbus, Indiana
Original Architect: Eero Saarinen
Year Built: 1957

The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, is one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. It was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley. The Miller House and Garden was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

BCA is part of a multi-disciplinary team that is preparing a Conservation Master Plan of the Miller House and Garden with the goals to articulate an overarching guiding philosophy for the preservation of the building and landscape; to identify risks and concerns that may impact the long-term preservation and interpretation of the site; and to provide a comprehensive management plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

BCA’s role was to inventory and assess the Miller House’s architectural materials and finishes. These materials include stone (marble and slate), metals (steel and aluminum), terrazzo, and plaster, as well as modernist materials such as plastics and laminate. Key risk factors for these materials were provided, as well recommendations for their short- and long-term conservation.