The following post was written by Kathleen Kiefer, Senior Conservator of Textiles.
Many of us at the IMA are working towards getting the Miller House ready to open to the public. In the spring of 2011 visitors will be able to tour the house in small groups, accompanied by a guide, embarking from the Columbus, IN Visitors Center.
One of the many details to consider when designing a house tour is mapping the exact route visitors will take through the house. We want to provide an authentic experience of the architecture, interior design and gardens while protecting the original fabric of the house and its furnishings.
To accomplish this we will install custom sized carpet runners to mark a path for tours to follow. The carpet runners will be placed to create some distance between visitors and fragile furnishings, yet will allow visitors to move within the architectural space, rather than peering at it from a distance.