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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, from 1930 through 1950 Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer Eliel Saarinen—Cranbrook’s first resident architect and the Art Academy’s first president and head of the Architecture Department—and Loja Saarinen—the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department. 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.

2016 Public Tour Schedule

May 1 ­– October 30
Friday 2pm
Saturday 2pm
Sunday 1pm & 3pm

Staff-guided public tours of Saarinen House depart from the front desk of Cranbrook Art Museum, where tickets also may be purchased on tour days. Reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure tour availability.

Public Tour Fees (includes free Admission to Cranbrook Art Museum)

ArtMembers Free (Join Now!)
Adult $15
Seniors (65 and older) $13
Students with ID $11
Reservations
Please call 248.645.3320 or email artmuseum@cranbrook.edu to make a reservation.

Additional Information

Check-in
All tours of Saarinen House depart from the front desk of Cranbrook Art Museum.
Tour Groups
Tours are limited to 12 guests.
Tour Length
The tours are approximately 75 minutes in length and include stairs and two ten-minute walks on Cranbrook’s campus. Tours take place rain or shine.
Shoes
To protect the carpeting and flooring in Saarinen House, you will be asked to remove your shoes and wear booties that will be provided.
Children
For the safety and comfort of all visitors, children younger than eight years old, including infants and toddlers, are not permitted on this tour.
Accessibility
Due to the historical status and intimate nature of the house, many rooms and passageways are very narrow and therefore the house is not wheelchair accessible. All tours are walking tours and guests must be able to walk and stand throughout most of the tour. There are no places to sit down in the house itself.
Coats and Bags
Only small wallets and handheld cameras are permitted on the tours. Please leave all backpacks, purses, camera bags, camera equipment and other cumbersome items in vehicles. This policy was created for the security and protection of Saarinen House and its collection of fine and decorative art.
Restrooms
There are no public restroom facilities at the house itself; please use the facilities at Cranbrook Art Museum before beginning your tour.
Private Tours
A limited number of Private Tours of Saarinen House are available May through October, with at least three weeks advance notice.

Private Tour Fees* (includes free Admission to Cranbrook Art Museum)

*There is a Minimum Private Tour Group Fee of $100

ArtMembers $15 (Join Now!)
Adults and Seniors $20
Students with ID $15

To inquire about the availability of a Private Tour, please call 248.645.3307 or email center@cranbrook.edu

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Saarinen House and Gardens Visitor’s Guide
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