Growing Up with Mies and Saarinen




Mies van der Rohe, Eliel Saarinen, Lafayetter Park, Cranbrook


Paul Guyer interviews his cousin Laure van Heijenoort, who as a teenager lived for several years with her parents in one of Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park townhouses in Detroit and attended school at Eliel Saarinen's Cranbrook campus.  She reports on her experiences of living and study in both, experiences still vivid to her and now to a broader audience.

Author Biography

  • Laure van Heijenoort

    Laure van Heijenoort graduated from Brandeis University and the University of New Mexico Law School.  For many years she was a partner in the law firm of Walker van Heijenoort in Albequerque, specializing in labor union health plans.  She is the daughter of the late Jean van Heijenoort, the well-known historian of logic as well as expert in the papers of Leon Trotsky, for whom he was secretary in Trotsky's exile.


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Lafayette Park, Detroit. Lafayette Park, Detroit — Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Online; accessed 10 January 2023.




How to Cite

“Growing Up With Mies and Saarinen”. 2023. Aesthetic Investigations 6 (1): 69-79.