The Philip Rich Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Philip Rich residence was designed by Alden B. Dow in the spring/summer of 1940.  Mr. Rich was the publisher and founder of the Midland Daily News.  In May, floor plans had been prepared for the client with color renderings showing a one-story structure.  The detailed drawings for the house carry…

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The Macauley Whiting Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Macauley Whiting residence was designed in 1947 for Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting.  Mrs. Whiting was the niece of Alden B. Dow, the architect of the home.  Mr. Whiting worked for the Dow Chemical Company, becoming Manager of the Midland Division and later, Director and President of Overseas Operations.…

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The Baptist Church Parsonage by Alden B. Dow

In the spring of 1947, the First Baptist Church wanted a new home that would prove attractive to their prospects for a new minister.  Alden B. Dow was approached to design the home and drawings were completed in 1948.  A cost breakdown provided by the general contractor shows a total…

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The Robert Bennett Residence by Alden B. Dow

Robert Bennett was Alden B. Dow’s brother-in-law and younger brother of Vada Bennett Dow.  Mr. Bennett worked at the Dow Chemical Company for a number of years, becoming Treasurer of the company in 1959 at the age of 39.  Following the wishes of Mr. Bennett’s wife, the architect designed a…

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Press Release: Midland, Michigan: A Mid-Century Modern Architectural Dream

Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM), a project of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, committed to documenting, preserving and celebrating Midland, Michigan’s architectural heritage, has created a website and mobile app to share an unprecedented collection of over 400 Mid-Century Modern buildings.  Through a customized database, the website and app…

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The Dow Chemical Company House 101 by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow’s plans for the residence known as the Dow Chemical Company House 101 are dated June of 1939. No job files exist for the structure, thus its construction date and cost are unknown. Without a named owner at the time the drawings were made, the design was likely…

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Somnophonics: Alden B. Dow’s Invention of a New Art Form

The idea came to Alden B. Dow as he sat quietly in an auditorium, watching the conductor and musicians performing in concert.  He wondered if there might be a way to enhance the enjoyment of a musical performance by adding color, light, and movement to the experience.  He began experimenting…

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