10:00am – 2:00pm: Cranbrook Academy of Art Tour $50
Tour led by: Gregory Wittkopp, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research & Kevin Adkisson, Cranbrook Collections Fellow
In keeping with Cranbrook’s Arts & Crafts origins, the campus tour touches on artistic elements including historical plantings, stunning vistas, and intricate brickwork on building elevations. Select interiors will be explored, including the original Cranbrook School for Boys Dining Hall and the Williams Natatorium, design by Todd Williams and Billie Tsien. Saarinen House is the jewel of Cranbrook’s architectural treasures. Designed in the late 1920s, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of 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). 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. Come see the 6,500+ items in Cranbrook’s extensive collection during our Collections Wing tour. See work by Eames, Knoll, Saarinen, and many others in our state-of-the-art storage facility. Lunch and transportation are provided.