Movie Sundays at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Showtimes: February 4th @ 1pm in-person at the Alden B. Dow Home Theater (315 Post Street – House Entrance) February 18th @ 1pm via Zoom March 10th @ 1pm in-person at the Alden B. Dow Home Theater (315 Post Street – House Entrance) March 24th @ 1pm via Zoom Seating is limited — reservations required. […]

New First National Bank and Trust by Alden B. Dow

Many undated design development sketches exist for the New First National Bank and Trust, located at the intersection of Eastman and Saginaw Roads in Midland, Michigan. There are no specifications, contracts, correspondence, or other job-related files for this project. Working drawings, however, are dated March 22, 1968, and show a remarkably atypical design for a […]

Midland National Bank by Alden B. Dow

An enterprising group of businessmen first began discussing plans to establish the Midland National Bank, a locally owned banking institution, in 1945. Following federal approval of their application the following year, they proceeded to acquire the Chemical City Restaurant building at 133 E. Main Street for the location of the new bank. A contract was […]

Church and Guisewite Advertising Building by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow Associates converted an existing building in downtown Midland into offices for Church and Guisewite Advertising in 1966. Working drawings and specifications were completed in January, and Branson Builders of Midland was selected as general contractor. Construction began in February and was substantially completed by the end of September 1966. The final cost […]

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 […]

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 telephone poles donated by the […]

The Chippewa Nature Center’s Interpretive Building by Alden B. Dow

As early as 1965, the long-range plan for the Center called for a building with a museum, library, auditorium, classroom, workshop and related facilities.  In 1970, three years after the completion of the Nature Observatory, Mr. Dow prepared a preliminary sketch for a building on the bluff overlooking the Chippewa River with an earthen-covered roof […]

The Chippewa Nature Center’s Nature Study Building by Alden B. Dow

The Nature Observatory (Nature Study Building) The inspiration to establish a place for the study of the natural environment in the Midland area first came to the members of the Midland Nature Club in 1963. Their search for a building and sanctuary site led them in 1965 to property at the confluence of the Pine […]

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 Street about a block away […]

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, the primary symbol of the […]

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