The Leland I. Doan Residence by Alden B. Dow

In 1957 Leland Doan, chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, asked Alden B. Dow to design a house for his family, one that would be eminently suited as well for the entertaining expected of one in his position.  The result is a residence built of randomly-laid Tennessee quartzite stone that blends naturally with its site […]

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio Partners with Docomomo US for National Tour Day October 9, 2021

The Tour Day partnership between The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and Docomomo US is an easy one to understand. But first, Docomomo — what an odd word, right?  It stands for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement. DO CO MO MO.  Docomomo US is an organization dedicated to the preservation of modern […]

Docomomo’s US National Tour Day: Travel and Leisure

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM) will participate with Docomomo US National Tour Day-Travel and Leisure, on October 9, 2021. Docomomo US is the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement for nearly 25 […]

Connections: Alden and Vada Dow and Marshall M. Fredericks

Marshall M. Fredericks

One of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century, Marshall M. Fredericks is known in America and abroad for his monumental figurative sculpture, public memorials and fountains, portraits, and animal figures. He was born of Scandinavian descent in Illinois and grew up in Cleveland, where he graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in […]

Connections: Alden and Vada Dow and Yvonne Bannelier Lagier

Yvonne Bannelier Lagier met Alden and Vada Dow when they were among the charter members of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in the spring of 1933. Ms. Lagier was an academically-trained artist in her native France and a multi-faceted painter, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, and weaver. She first came to the United States in 1927. During […]

Connections: Alden and Vada Dow and Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Alden B. Dow made his debut as a young architect on the international stage when he was awarded the Grand Prize in residential architecture at the 1937 Paris Exposition for his designs of the John Whitman residence and his own studio. Architecture was just one of the many categories included in the Paris Exposition. Among […]

Connections: Alden and Vada Dow and Buckminster Fuller

It’s difficult to know for certain when Alden B. Dow and Buckminster Fuller first connected, but it must have been well before the letter Fuller sent to Mr. Dow in December 1951. In it he thanked Mr. Dow for his generous pledge of $1000 toward the production of his film, Energetic Geometry. He then proceeded […]

Connections: Alden and Vada Dow and Peters “Pat” Oppermann

Alden B. Dow and his friend Peters “Pat” Oppermann possessed many of the same personal qualities: an inquisitive mind, a love of travel, an appreciation of music, an innate creativity, and a joyful, playful sense of humor. Oppermann was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, the youngest of six boys and a girl. He displayed […]

Alden B. Dow Home & Studio Holiday Tours

December 1st-31st Alden and Vada Dow made Christmas a joyous and playful, family celebration. This December experience the beauty and fun of their zooming scale trains, playful mechanical toys, shimmering Christmas tree decorations, joyous holiday music and the warm and inviting atmosphere they created for family, friends and holiday guests. Begin your fun by reserving a tour […]

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