2019 Modernism in America Award earned by The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

  Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM), a project of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, has been recognized by Docomomo US, as one of 10 winners of the 2019 Modernism in America Awards. The MCMM’s project to document and share Midland’s unique contribution to the Mid-Century Modern movement was awarded…

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The Frank Harlow Residence by Alden B. Dow

Frank Harlow was a lawyer with a private practice in Midland before joining the legal department of the Dow Chemical Company in 1952.  The Harlow family had outgrown their small house when they approached Alden B. Dow in 1954 about designing a new home. The architect’s first plan was deemed…

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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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Out of the Archives: The Rare and Unusual Designs of Alden B. Dow

Out of the Archives: The Rare and Unusual Designs of Alden B. Dow During the months of February, March, and the first half of April, visitors to the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio will have the opportunity to view special thematic displays of seldom-seen drawings and designs from the…

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The Robert Goodall Residence by Alden B. Dow

Robert Goodall was born in Oak Park, Illinois, studied journalism briefly at the University of Illinois, and after working for various Chicago architectural firms went to work with Frank Lloyd Wright. At Taliesin he was on the professional staff that helped instruct the Fellowship apprentices. In the spring of 1933,…

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The Charles and Mary Penhaligen Residence by Alden B. Dow

In the spring of 1941, Alden B. Dow prepared a rendering of a proposed home for Charles and Mary Penhaligen and their two children.  In the margin of the sketch, he had penciled in the estimated costs.  An earlier drawing was for a two story structure, larger and more costly…

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