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Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Saarinen House

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StockholmKindaGuy wrote a review Oct 2019
Marietta, Georgia7,219 contributions487 helpful votes
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A visit to Saarinen House at the Cranbrook Educational Community, is an opportunity to tour an Art Deco masterpiece designed by the great Finnish architect and designer Eliel Saarinen and his wife Loja. Their house is a showcase of great interior design. The cost of the tour is $15 and includes a free visit to the Cranbrook Art Museum. The guided tour I took was excellent. Our guide provided a wealth of background information. More than I was expecting and much appreciated. The tour lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, with our guide providing many details about the Saarinen's and their home. The house contains the Saarinen's original furnishings, along with furniture designs by their son Eero, the architect for the Saint Louis Arch and TWA terminal. While there are two floors of rooms to see, it's the entry floor with it's incredible dining and living rooms that offer the biggest design feast. The dining chairs, rugs, tapestries and fireplace are a few examples that really stood out to me. Photography without flash is allowed. There's much to see at Cranbrook, including this Art Deco Masterpiece by the Saarinen's.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jason K wrote a review Jul 2019
Chicago, Illinois122 contributions37 helpful votes
Fantastic tour at a great value. Ticket also includes admission to the moderately-sized art museum. Very knowledgeable guide and I appreciated the information about the campus that is shared while walking to the house. After seeing Saarinen's work in Helsinki, it was great to see the continuation of his work at Cranbrook and in his home The impact of this institution on American art and design cannot be overstated. Plan extra time to enjoy the art museum and grounds. The campus would be a great spot for a picnic.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Robin B wrote a review Oct 2018
Phoenix, Arizona965 contributions488 helpful votes
This is the art deco home designed by Eliel Saarinen, where he lived while President of Cranbrook Architecture Department. The tour starts at the Cranbrook Art Museum, which is housed in one of the buildings designed by Saarinen. The docent gives a brief history of the Cranbrook Academy, Eliel Saarinen and his architectural style, then you walk over to the home (about ¼ mile). You get to see several rooms on the lower level (the kitchen is part of a private apartment) and the master bedroom and bath on the upper level and a guest room (pretty much undecorated). The tour is interesting and the home is amazing. Tours are limited, so reserve in advance. The tour price includes admission to the Cranbrook Art Museum. The campus is large and I was a little confused about where to go. Just find the Art Museum, park in the lot adjacent and walk around to the entrance. This isn't appropriate for children because the home and furnishings are museum pieces.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Scott J wrote a review Sep 2017
Boston, Massachusetts162 contributions69 helpful votes
The Saarinen House is the architectural jewel of the beautiful Cranbrook campus. Superb craftsmanship with lots of interesting design elements. Both Saarinen and his wife were expert designers, and the entire house, from the rugs to the furniture to the lighting was custom designed by them. A visit to the house brings the Cranbrook experience full circle. However, at 75 minutes, the tour is entirely too long. It is a small house, more like an apartment, with cramped spaces. And to be honest, only the downstairs rooms are remarkable. The upstairs bathroom is interesting, but the bedrooms are utilitarian and not worthy of the extended discussion they received. There is nowhere to sit down, so you're on your feet for the full tour, barefoot except for disposable booties designed to protect the floors and carpets. The tour could have easily been condensed to a half hour or so, but our tour guide prattled on and on about forgettable details of the family's life interspersed with irrelevant personal asides. It was clear that our group members were annoyed and uncomfortable, but the guide was blithely unaware and seemed determined to stretch the tour out as long as possible. Sadly, the exhausting tour undercut my appreciation for the architecture.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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2013traveler wrote a review May 2017
New York City, New York107 contributions72 helpful votes
We loved our tour of Cranbrook, the Museum, the grounds but especially the Saarinen House. It was thrill to be in this home and see the spectacular furniture, fixtures, books, textiles and imagine a life lived in this home and working with all those wonderful artists on the campus.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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