This is an architectural drawing of the Millers’ “THRONE ROOM,” or commode room as it’s referred to in other correspondence. In 1999, the Millers requested a grab bar be installed in this portion of their master bathroom and called upon none other than Kevin Roche to oversee the design. While YES, it’s funny to come across a drawing of a toilet within the archival collection of an architectural masterpiece, this document is telling of how carefully any addition or change to the house was considered. It also serves as a reminder that Miller House functioned as a family residence. Structural changes such as these allowed the Millers to live in their home until the end of their lives and design quality was always considered alongside functionality.
Drawing of 2760 commode room , sent by Irwin Management to Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates, 28 January 1999, 09/82, Miller House and Garden Collection,IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ib_B009_f082_045)
The #Indiana Arsenal, which was completed in 1867, was used until after he end of the Spanish-American War, about 1903, as the store house for artillery and other weapons. (at Arsenal Technical High School)
Did You Know Butler University’s Irwin Library was designed by Minoru Yamasaki in 1963, eight years after Pruitt-Igoe and eight years before the World Trade Center. (Taken with Instagram at Butler University)