Saarinen House - A Total Work of Art
Saarinen House is Eliel Saarinen's Art Deco masterwork and the jewel of Cranbrook's architectural treasures. Designed in the late 1920s and located at the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer Eliel Saarinen (Cranbrook's first resident architect and the Academy's first president and head of the Architecture Department) and Loja Saarinen (the Academy's first head of the Weaving Department) from 1930 through 1950. The extraordinary interior, now impeccably restored, features the Saarinens' original furnishings, including Eliel's delicately-veneered furniture and Loja's sumptuous textiles, as well as early furniture designs by their son Eero Saarinen.
To watch a segment of Antiques Roadshow featuring Saarinen House, click here.
During the 2013 season, Saarinen House offered a unique installation from Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald. See the story behind the exhibition here:
Docent-guided Public Tours of Saarinen House depart from the front desk of Cranbrook Art Museum, where tickets also may be purchased on tour days. Public Tours are scheduled May 1 – October 31, 2014, 2:00pm Thursday through Saturday, and at 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Sunday. Tours are limited to 12 guests.
The tours are about 75 minutes long and include stairs and two ten-minute walks on Cranbrook's campus. Tours take place rain or shine. To protect the carpeting and flooring in Saarinen House, you will be asked to remove your shoes and wear booties that will be provided.
Public Tour Fees: ArtMembers and Patrons of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research free; $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65+); and $6 children and full-time students with ID. Saarinen House Tours include admission to Cranbrook Art Museum. Please call 248-645-3320 to make a reservation.
A limited number of Private Tours of Saarinen House are available May through October, with at least three weeks advance notice. Private Tour Fees: $10 ArtMembers; $15 Adults and Seniors; and $10 full-time students with ID (with a minimum Private Tour group fee of $100). To inquire about the availability of a Private Tour, please call 248-645-3319.