Nease Memorial Church of the Nazarene by Alden B. Dow

On January 29, 1961, the Nease Memorial Church of the Nazarene was organized with 40 charter members. The congregation chose a flat, barren 4.5 acre site on the western edge of Midland, Michigan for its first church and purchased the land for the sum of $10,850. Upon the recommendation of its building committee, the firm […]

Northeast Elementary/Plymouth Elementary School by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the drawings for Northeast Elementary School in December of 1951.  It had a simple floorplan of five classrooms, an office, and a work room lined up on either side of a single corridor.  It featured a monitor roof with glass block windows rising 5 feet above the roofline.  For the exterior, […]

Alden B. Dow’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Gets a New Dome

After protecting the Sun/Rain Room for nearly six decades, the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s iconic dome and roof are being replaced.  Designed by Alden B. Dow in 1961 and opened to the public in September 1964, the highlight of the Center has been the two-story tall grey Plexiglas dome.  It spans 56 feet in diameter over […]

The Ralph E. Oberlin, Jr. Residence by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow’s only residential structure to be built in Ohio is the Ralph E. Oberlin, Jr. residence in Canton.  Mr. Oberlin was president of Igelstroem-Oberlin, Inc., an outdoor signage, banner, and poster printing company.  He wrote to Mr. Dow about designing a home for his family in early 1960.  Following a meeting to discuss […]

Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Alden B. Dow

Pastor D.E. Howe first contacted Alden B. Dow about the possibility of designing a new building for the growing congregation of the Midland Seventh-Day Adventist Church in early 1961.  Following a period of fund raising, sketches of the exterior and interior views of the new building were prepared in September of 1963.  The working drawings […]

The Dr. Millard Fleming Residence by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow designed two homes in Elkhart, Indiana, nearly opposite each other on the St. Joseph River.  The first was for the William Koerting family in 1937.  Two years later he developed preliminary floorplans for a home for Dr. Millard Fleming.  Working drawings were finished in January 1940 and a contract was signed with […]

Salvation Army Citadel by Alden B. Dow

Alden and Vada Dow were long-time supporters of the work of the Salvation Army in Midland.  Mrs. Dow served on its advisory board during the 1950’s and 60’s, and Mr. Dow donated bushels of apples from the Dow orchards every year to the annual Fall Harvest Festival to raise money for its missionary work.  When […]

2022 Architecture and Design Summer Camps at The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Enroll your child in a summer camp at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and see them expand their view of the world! The Home and Studio’s goal is to challenge campers to think in new ways about architecture and the spaces people inhabit, engage in interactive designing and building activities, and share time […]

East Ashman Street Church of God by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the initial drawings for the East Ashman Church of God in April of 1953.  A reduced version of the presentation drawing was published a month later in the Midland Daily News with the caption announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign for the new church.  “It will approximate 45 by 165 […]

The John Best Residence by Alden B. Dow

Also known as the House for $3,000, the John Best residence was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1938 to remedy the need for housing to accommodate the expanding workforce of the Dow Chemical Company.  It was one of several affordable small homes he designed for Midland in the 1930’s and 40’s, including the F.W. […]

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