The LeRoy Smith Residence by Alden B. Dow

LeRoy Smith and his family lived in Highland Park, Michigan, but owned land along the St. Clair River near Algonac for summer trips.  In the late 1930’s, they decided to build a summer house on the property to take advantage of the river view.  Mr. Smith wrote to Alden B.…

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The Charles W. Bachman Residence by Alden B. Dow

  The Charles W. Bachman Residence in East Lansing was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1936.  Charles Bachman was the football coach for Michigan State College from 1933 until 1946.  The two-story L-shaped structure is situated at the top of a rise in the property.  The asymmetric design contrasts…

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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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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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The John Whitman Residence by Alden B. Dow

Designed in 1934, the John Whitman residence is one of 13 unit block houses Alden B. Dow built during the 1930’s.  But what sets it apart from all the others is the distinction it has for winning for Mr. Dow the Grand Prize for Residential Design at the 1937 Paris…

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Mid-Century Modern Midland wants you to Save the Date: January 15th 2019

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones who have been busy. MCMM has now finalized several projects which we would like to share with you in the new year. Please plan to join us  Tuesday, January 15th 2019 at 7:00 pm  In the Little Theater of the Midland Center for the Arts.…

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