021-024 Request to visit Miller House and Garden, letter from Dorothy Dunn to J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller

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Title

021-024 Request to visit Miller House and Garden, letter from Dorothy Dunn to J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller

Description

Photocopy of a two-page letter and a two-page tour itinerary. Dunn proposes a visit of designers and Cooper-Hewitt Museum stakeholders to the Miller House and Garden and 301 Washington Street, and requests approval from the Millers.

Date

2000/06/05

Rights

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Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

C0001_Ia_B01_f01_021-24

Coverage

Columbus, Ind.

Is Part Of

301 Washington Street Collection (C0001), Series I. Subseries a., Box 1 Folder 1, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN; 301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana (digital collection).

Bibliographic Citation

Request to visit Miller House and Garden, letter from Dorothy Dunn to J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller, 6/5/2000, 1/1, 301 Washington Street Collection (C0001), Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN.

Provenance

Bartholomew County Public Library

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Text

Photocopy of a two-page letter and a two-page tour itinerary
Typewritten text (sheet 1):
JUN-05-2000 18:38 FROM NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM TO 918123769896 P.01
Smithsonian
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
June 5, 2000
Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller
Irwin Management Company
P.O. Box 808
Columbus, Indiana 47201
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Miller,
Thank you very much for inviting Donald Albrecht and me to visit you in your home. It was our honor to meet both of you, to learn first-hand about your home and to experience its brilliant spaces, both indoors and out.
I would like to confirm that we plan to bring a small group to Columbus on Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14. We would like the weekend’s itinerary to conclude with a visit with you at your home on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 am to approximately noon. Undoubtedly, this culminating event will be the tour’s highlight. Following our visit, we will hold a lunch at a local restaurant before tour participants depart for the Indianapolis airport.
As you well know, in order to be fully appreciated, architecture must be experienced. We are very grateful that you have invited the National Design Museum to extend an invitation to a very select group of designers and Museum patrons to visit your home. Please know that we will work closely with you and with Beverly McDermott to shape a visit that makes the most minimal impact possible on your home and on your privacy. As we discussed, we will strictly limit the number of tour participants to 20 so that, along with Museum staff, our group will not exceed 25.
I have attached a DRAFT itinerary of the tour. Please note that, with your permission, we would like to begin the tour with a dinner on the terrace of the Irwin Home and Gardens. I am in contact with Gethen Thomas, the chef at Cummins Engine Company Corporate Headquarters, to provide catering for our group throughout the tour. I understand that he has catered events at the Irwin Home and would be our choice for the “welcome” dinner there on Thursday, October 12. I have also suggested that our group tour Alexander Girard’s remarkable interiors at 301 Washington Street and to enjoy some refreshment there. With your approval, I will proceed with planning. Within the next two weeks, I will finalize the tour’s itinerary in order to send a letter of invitation by the end of this month. (I will fax a draft of this letter to you and I welcome your comments.)
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York NY 10128-0669
212.849.8400 Telephone
Typewritten text (sheet 2):
JUN-05-2000 18:38 FROM NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM TO 918123769896 P.02
June 5, 2000
Page 2
Finally, I expect that some members of the architecture and design press will be very eager to join this tour and to document the tour for publication. As you mentioned during our recent visit, tour participants are welcome to take photographs of your home for personal use only. The Museum understands that all publication of photography must be approved by you. Therefore, I will forward all press inquiries to Beverly McDermott for your consideration.
We are very excited about bringing our group to Columbus this fall and, again, we are very grateful to you for inviting us to visit you at your home. We recognize the opportunity presented by this program to foster meaningful and lively discussions among some of today’s greatest design minds about the potential for architecture to serve as a catalyst for positive community development. Along with having a wonderful time, our hope is to inspire design patronage in others and to appropriately honor the great works, architects, and patrons represented in Columbus Indiana.
With gratitude and with very best wishes,
Dorothy Dunn
Head of Education
Typewritten text (sheet 3):
JUN-05-2000 18:38 FROM NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM TO 918123769896 P.03
Columbus Indiana
October 12 through 14, 2000
Thursday
Fly to Indianapolis International Airport
Limo transport to Columbus
Late afternoon Check-in: Columbus Inn, Charles F. Sparrell, 1895
6:00 — 6:30 First Christian Church, Eliel Saarinen, 1942
The Irwin Home and Gardens (TBD)
6:30 - 7:15 tour and cocktails on the garden terrace
7:15 - 7:45 Welcome, Donald Albrecht, curator, The Opulent Eye of Alexander Girard and study tour leader; Will Miller, Chairman, Irwin Financial Corporation (invited)
7:45 - 9:30 dinner on terrace, weather permitting
Friday
8:00 — 8:30 breakfast at Columbus Inn
8:30 — 10:30 walking tour of Columbus architecture
highlights:
Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company, Eero Saarinen, 1954
Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company, arcade and addition, Roche Kinkeloo and Associates, 1973
Columbus Post Office, Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, 1970
The Commons and The Commons Mall, Cesar Pelli, 1973
Bartholomew County Courthouse, Isaac Hodgson, 1874
Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial, Thompson and Rose, 1997
The Republic, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1971
Columbus City Hall, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1981
Lincoln Elementary School, Gunnar Birkerts, 1967
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Gunnar Birkerts, 1988
Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, I.M. Pei and Partners, 1969
10:30 - 11:30 301 Washington Street, interior designed by Alexander Girard, 195_
and l97_, coffee and tea reception
11:30 - 1:00 bus tour of Columbus architecture
highlights: TBD
1:00 — 2:00 picnic in Mill Race Park, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., park and landscape design, Stanley Saitowitz, structures architect, 1992
2:15 - 3:00 Cummins Engine Company, Columbus Engine Plant, renovation and addition, Roche Dinkeloo and Associates; Jack Curtis, landscape architect, 1998
Typewritten text (page 4):
JUN-05-2000 18:38 FROM NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM TO 918123769896 P.04
3:00 — 4:00 Cummins Engine Company, Midrange Engine Plant, Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, 1973 (Transport via semi trucks powered by Cummins diesel engines.)
4:00 — 5:00 break
Cummins Engine Company Corporate Headquarters, Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, Jack Curtis, landscape architect, 1983
5:30 — 6:30 cocktails, Exploded Engine, Rudolph de Harak, 1994
6:30 - 8:30 dinner, board dining room
Saturday
8:00 - 8:30 breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 bus tour of Columbus architecture
highlights: TBD
10:00 - noon The Miller House, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, architects; Alexander Girard, interior designer; Dan Kiley, landscape architect, 1958
12:15 — 1:30 lunch at Smith’s Row
2:00 bus/limo departs for Indianapolis International Airport

Citation

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, “021-024 Request to visit Miller House and Garden, letter from Dorothy Dunn to J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller,” BCPL Archives, accessed November 20, 2019, https://bcplarchives.omeka.net/items/show/17.