What Never Was: the Miller Library
The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN constantly evolved to fit the needs of the Miller family. In 1970, J. Irwin Miller began exploring the options for constructing a stand-alone office/library space in the Garden. Architect Kevin Roche put forth a couple of options, including this three-roomed Miller Library.
Roche created a very detailed scale model of his concept, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves on every wall, stocked with miniature books and periodicals, and a bear skin rug covering one floor. The model was photographed and the images were mounted for presentation.
Along with these presentation boards, Roche created an architectural drawing that showed the library’s potential placement in the Miller Garden, connected to the house by a stone walkway.
Kevin Roche, Presentation photographs of proposed Miller Library model, ca. 1970, Box 40, Folder 23, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_II_B040_F023_001-006)
Architectural drawing of proposed Miller Library, March 1970, FF 64, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.(MHG_IIIc_FF064_001)