Historic Wermuth home to be open for tours

September 30, 2017 GMT

ARCH will present a tour Oct. 7 of Fort Wayne’s A.C. Wermuth home, designed by renowned architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen.

Completed in 1942, the home is one of only seven private residences designed by the father-and-son architects. Fort Wayne resident A.C. Wermuth was contractor for the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan and First Christian Church in Columbus. The projects are widely considered to be the Finnish-American architects’ finest works. Eero Saarinen also is responsible for the design of the Concordia Theological Seminary campus.

The Wermuth home has never before been open to the public. The tours will be offered at noon and 2 p.m., with transportation provided by bus, leaving from the Concordia Seminary parking lot at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively.

A limited number of tickets are available at archfw.org. Cost is 100 for non-members.

As a prelude to the tour, a free lecture will be presented by Brian Conway at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Conway, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer, is co-author of “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America.” His lecture will focus on mid-century modern architecture and the Saarinens’ work.

For more information, call ARCH at 426-5117.