Dan Kiley and the Miller Garden
While the majority of the Miller House and Garden Collection documents the construction, landscaping, and interior design of the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, there is also a lot of material that documents the day-to-day operation of the home. This includes a series of correspondence regarding visits to the Miller House. At any given time, multiple photographers, professional and student landscape architects, and members of the public were contacting the Irwin Management Company to request visits to the house and grounds.
In the early 2000s, the Cultural Landscape Foundation made a series of visits to Columbus with plans to include the Miller House in their "Icons of Modernism" interactive web application. The sections on the Miller House include video interviews with William Miller and notable landscape architects like Kevin Roche. There is also a “Miller Family Album” that features images of the family enjoying their home and gardens. Visitors to the website can also tour the grounds virtually. The screenshots of these features do not do the site justice, so make sure that you experience the real deal!
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is now presenting a traveling retrospective of Dan Kiley’s work, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, in conjunction with its Landslide project. The photo exhibition will show at three separate sites in Indiana this summer after its run at the National Building Museum: the Indianapolis Central Library, the Indiana University Center for Art + Design, and the Allen County Public Library, It features newly commissioned photographs of 28 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 designs around the world. Photographs of the Miller Garden are featured in the traveling exhibit and in the project’s online exhibit.
Email from William Miller to Sarla Kalsi, January 25, 2007. Box 37, Folder 413, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Id_B037_F413_001)