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Thrilling to behold

We loved our tour of Cranbrook, the Museum, the grounds but especially the Saarinen House. It was... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
2013traveler
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New York City, New York
Impressive Architecture

This is generally overlooked, but it's a great place to visit. Saarinen was the architect of the... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2015
Benjamin-Blumenstein
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

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.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is generally overlooked, but it's a great place to visit. Saarinen was the architect of the St. Lewis Gateway Arch as well as the JFK Flight Center and several college dorms. It's worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed September 2, 2015

If you like science spend a day visiting Cranbrook. The bat zone, planetarium and exhibits are all interesting and geared for all ages. Every rock has a story, the Filipino artifacts and The history of us were educational but fun. The NASA exhibit will delight children and adults.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed July 19, 2015

Renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen's House is one of two historic homes you can tour at Cranbrook. The Saarinen House tour was included in the entry fee for the Cranbrook Art Museum. Since only 20 people are allowed to tour the house at a time, we called and made a reservation ahead of time. The tour lasts about an hour and a half, and begins at the Art Museum, covering both the first and second levels of the house. If you plan right, you can take a tour of both the Saarinen House and the historic Cranbrook House on the same day.

A docent guides you through each room, providing a wealth of information on the Saarinen's and the house itself. The interior is a beautifully designed Art Deco gem from the 1920's. Much of the furnishings were designed Eliel and his wife Loja. Each room of the house had an understated elegance about it. The two that really stood out for their beauty and design was the dining room and adjacent living room. The craftsmanship throughout the home was something to see.

Cranbrook is a beautiful place to explore, there's much to see, including the Cranbrook House & Gardens, as well as the Art and Science museums.

Highly Recommended.

Date of experience: June 2015
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