Harry Weese & the Millers
A few years after moving into their home, the Millers acquired a barn on property that bordered the house and garden. Harry Weese proposed converting the barn’s upper levels to a children’s play space that featured a two-story slide, stage, shuffleboard court, archery targets, and table tennis. Unfortunately for the Miller children, the project was never realized. We posted the preliminary sketches for this project awhile back and thought we’d share this letter sent after the initial proposal (note the stylish letterhead!). Weese refers to his meeting with the Millers and offers up how his time at the house and garden affected him:
It was very pleasant catching up with the Millers alfresco. I know of no environment quite as complete and serene and always acts to raise my sights.
The Indiana University Center for Art + Design is hosting a FREE two-day symposium dedicated to the architecture of Harry Weese in Columbus, Indiana. Creative Syncretism: The Early Architectural Works of Harry Weese takes place this weekend, April 4 & 5.
Information on barn remodel, letter from Harry Weese to JIM, XSM, 29 June 1962, 76/9, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (MHG_Ib_B009_f076_112)