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 the head of the Architecture Department—and Loja Saarinen—the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department and director of Studio Loja Saarinen.
The extraordinary interior, now impeccably restored, features Saarinen’s original furnishings, including Eliel’s delicately veneered furniture and Loja’s sumptuous textiles, as well as decorative designs by their daughter Pipsan Saarinen Swanson and early furniture designs by their son, Eero Saarinen.
The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, in partnership with Cranbrook Art Museum, is responsible for stewarding the collections of Saarinen House and opening its doors to visitors from around the world. The beautiful, historically significant campus includes three historic homes: Cranbrook House (the founders' Arts and Crafts manor home), Saarinen House (a total work of art), and Smith House (Frank Lloyd Wright's "little gem").
Whether you are an art or history professional, a student, a collector, an amateur historian, or you are simply curious, the Center offers access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes views of Cranbrook and its significance.The tour season begins the first weekend in May, with public tours Friday, Saturday, and Sundays at 3:00pm Eastern Time.
Credit: Overview from museum website