Lake Jackson, Texas

Few architects have the opportunity to design a whole community, but Alden B. Dow had just such a unique opportunity in 1941 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Dow Chemical was expanding its plant in Freeport and the new town was to be built nearby for its employees. In the space of…

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The A. C. Barclay Residence by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow designed this modest, one-story home in 1937 for the Reverend and Mrs. A. C. Barclay, the grandparents of his wife, Vada Bennett Dow.  There are no specifications and no signed contract in the job files, but an itemized account statement shows that the total cost of building…

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The LeRoy Smith Residence by Alden B. Dow

LeRoy Smith and his family lived in Highland Park, Michigan, but owned land along the St. Clair River near Algonac for summer trips.  In the late 1930’s, they decided to build a summer house on the property to take advantage of the river view.  Mr. Smith wrote to Alden B.…

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The Lynn A. Townsend Residence by Alden B. Dow

Lynn Townsend was two years into his long tenure as head of the Chrysler Corporation in 1963 when he approached Alden B. Dow about designing a home for his family in Bloomfield Hills.  Following a visit to the property, the architect wrote to Mr. Townsend, “Even though it was in…

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2019 Autumn Reflections Tours by the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio 2019 Autumn Reflections Tours October 5, 2019 Please reserve online at www.abdow.org or call 989.839.2744 to book your tour. The 1950s The 1950s were a time of great advancement and expansion throughout our country and Midland was growing with it.  The three houses presented…

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The Michigan Authors’ Workshop Series: Discovering The Artist Within

To showcase the talents of Michigan writers and to support the creative writing of people in our community, the Michigan Authors' Workshop Series will bring eight writers to Midland, Michigan, the week of July 22-26, 2019. These writers will provide free readings to the public in the evening, and they…

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The Charles W. Bachman Residence by Alden B. Dow

  The Charles W. Bachman Residence in East Lansing was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1936.  Charles Bachman was the football coach for Michigan State College from 1933 until 1946.  The two-story L-shaped structure is situated at the top of a rise in the property.  The asymmetric design contrasts…

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The Louis P. Butenschoen Residence by Alden B. Dow

Louis Butenschoen joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1935 as a member of the sales staff.  During his career, he would develop the sales market for dry cleaning solvents and eventually became the manager of the new solvents unit.  In 1941, he contacted Alden B. Dow to design a house…

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Francis “Red” Warner Architectural Showcase

Mid-Century Modern Midland: Francis "Red" Warner Architectural Showcase Sunday, June 30, 2019 1-3pm This showcase will feature self-guided tours of three Warner structures Advanced ticket sales only.  $20 per person. You will not be able to purchase tickets the day of the event. Guest to provide their own transportation to…

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