Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism

Miller Garden

Columbus, Indiana

Designed by Dan Kiley

“If the Miller Garden was not ready to be seen as an icon 20 years ago, it may be also that to some extent our eyes were not ready to perceive it as an icon until 20 years had passed and the tenets of modernism had seeped into our perceptual mechanisms.”
- Peter Walker, Land Forum (1999)

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, the Miller House and Garden exemplify Modernism.

Architects Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, interior designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley, working closely with their clients unified the landscape and the interior of the Miller home through orderly and highly structured elements with an emphasis on orthogonal geometry. Considered to be Kiley’s masterwork residential commission, he planned the property on an axis defined by an allée of honey locust trees that extends to the limits of the property. The property served as the family’s residence until Mrs. Miller’s death in February, 2008. The family hopes to preserve the 13-acre property as a public site for educational purposes. With proper stewardship and endowment, the Miller House and Garden will stand as an icon of Modernism for future generations. more...

Courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art


List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust