The Finnish born Eliel Saarinen studied architecture and painting in Helsinki. Some fine examples of his work are the following:
- The Finnish Pavilion at The World Fair in Paris 1900
- Hvitträsk, the home and studio of Saarinen near Helsinki, which now serves as a museum
- The Helsinki Railway Station
- The Finnish National Museum in Helsinki
- The Viipuri Railway Station (nowadays in Russia)
- The City Halls of Lahti and Joensuu
In 1923 Saarinen and his family came to the United States to work there. Some time later he was commissioned by the industrialist George G. Booth to design the campus of the new Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit. From there on the Academy became the center of Saarinen's work, as he also served the Dean of the Academy until his death in 1950.