What’s more alluring than houses dressed up for the holidays? Legendary places in your own hometown you know exist — but haven’t seen.

While Columbus industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller (1909-2005) and his wife, Xenia Simons Miller (1917-2008) lived, few dared to try to get past the tall shrubbery and tight security surrounding their home at 2764 Highland Lane to see how the couple decked their halls.

After the Indianapolis Museum of Art took ownership and management of the property in 2010, however, the Eero Saarinen-designed home became available for ticketed public tours.

But it’s only been over the past few years that museum officials decided to draw on the considerable aesthetic talents within their own organization to decorate the Miller House for the holidays, said Lynn Lucas, who retired in 2015 after directing the Columbus Area Visitors Center for 16 years.

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Ninety-minute public tours of the Miller House will be presented at 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus Dec. 23 at $25 per person. A special Creche the Halls tour at the Miller House, at $50 per person, will be presented 6 p.m. Dec. 23.

Tickets may be purchased through the visitors center. Call 812-378-2622 or visit online at columbus.in.us

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.