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The Jesse Kreger Residence by Alden B. Dow

Most of the usual documentation that tells the story of the design of an Alden B. Dow home does not exist for the Jesse Kreger residence on Grosse Ile, a picturesque island south of Detroit. There are specifications, just a few working drawings, and a color pencil presentation drawing, but

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The Midland, Michigan Farmers Market by Alden B. Dow

The first discussion about the design of a structure to cover farmers selling their produce in the open parking lot at the foot of Ashman Street took place in March 1973.  Those meeting notes describe a simple roof structure, 160 feet long by 30 feet wide, to be supported by

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Smith’s Flower Store by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the design of a large standalone building for Smith’s Flowers in September 1954. The shop had been in its original location in the nearby Ashman Circle business district in Midland, Michigan for seven years. The new store would be situated just off the Circle on Ashman

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Bay City Jewish Center by Alden B. Dow

Just a year after completing the design of Messiah Lutheran Church in Bay City, Alden B. Dow began developing the first of a number of schemes for the Bay City Jewish Center in 1955. The first drawings showed a floorplan that followed the outlines of the six-pointed Star of David,

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The Peters “Pat” Oppermann Residence by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the drawings for a house for his lifelong friend, Peters “Pat” Oppermann, in 1957.  Mr. Oppermann was a business leader in Saginaw and owner of Radio Center, an early radio shop that grew with the times into a full-service television and audio equipment business.  The Oppermann

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Alden B. Dow Projects on Display at Creative Michigan Exhibition

The Creative Michigan: Making the Mitten Modern exhibition takes place February 25-April 29, 2023 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the center campus of Macomb Community College in Clinton Township. The exhibit explores the period 1945-1969 and the advancements that took place during one of the largest periods of creativity

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The Preservation of the Movies of Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow loved to make movies. Whether it was showing the construction of the Midland Center for the Arts, capturing the changing seasons around his Home and Studio, documenting his time as a Taliesin Fellow, or recording his children growing up and having children of their own, he always

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Midland Fire Station No. 1 by Alden B. Dow

Midland Fire Station No. 1 is one of the 39 civic structures designed by Alden B. Dow during his career. He completed the working drawings on April 23, 1955, and in June the construction contract was awarded to the Charles Engelhardt Construction Company of Bay City. The final cost of

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2022 Zonta Homewalk Tickets Available

  The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is proud to collaborate with the Zonta Club of Midland to bring you the 41st Annual Zonta Homewalk. For several years now, Zonta incorporates Mid-Century Modern Structures in their wonderful holiday home walk making this uniquely Midland! Please join us as we

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