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 […]

The World of Interiors: Alden B. Dow’s Gambolling Den

We are delighted to share with you The World of Interiors feature on the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio from their December issue. It was a pleasure to work with the entire team that included writer Meghan McEwen, photographer Anne Schlechter, and Managing Editor Grace McCloud. Craig McDonald, Director

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 too big, too expensive, and […]

The Dr. Robert Ballmer Residence by Alden B. Dow

Dr. Robert Ballmer was a physician with an office on Main Street in Midland, Michigan, but when it came to building a house for his family, he chose a long narrow lot overlooking the golf course of the Midland Country Club, and asked Alden B. Dow to design it.   The architect began the drawings […]

US Modernist Radio – Architecture You Love #77/Michigan Modern: Michael Dow + Susan Bandes + Brian Conway with Musical Guests The Mac McLaughlin Group

CLICK HERE to listen to US Modernist Radio – Architecture You Love #77/Michigan Modern: Michael Dow + Susan Bandes + Brian Conway with Musical Guests The Mac McLaughlin Group Michigan, that fine state shaped like your hand, is a hotbed of amazing Modernism.  Today George Smart and co-host Bob Langford chat with three knowledgeable guests […]

The Robert Myers Residence, Lapeer, Michigan by Alden B. Dow

Robert Myers was a successful dairy farmer turned editor and publisher of the Lapeer, Michigan, County Press.  In May of 1950, he approached Alden B. Dow with an idea to build an unconventional farm house on his 400-acre farm.  Myers used the words of Henry David Thoreau to describe his dream home: “Home would be […]

The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library by Alden B. Dow

As President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Alden B. Dow wrote a letter to Midland’s city manager in 1950 expressing the Foundation’s wish to finance the design and construction of a new public library to be situated in what then was the family’s apple orchard at the corner of Eastman Road […]

The Phoenix Civic Center by Alden B. Dow

Beginning in 1949, the Phoenix Civic Center was designed in stages by Alden B. Dow.  His plan grouped a public library, a little theater, an art museum, and support facilities around a square interior courtyard whose landscaping included a pool and native plants, creating an oasis in the desert.  The entrance is approached through a […]

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