Midland Hospital by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow’s initial presentation drawing for a proposed Midland Hospital was dated August 1938, a full two years before the Midland Hospital Association was established.  The Association organized the fund raising campaign to build the city’s first hospital in 1940, eventually securing pledges of $275,000 from 5,200 community members.  A Federal Works Administration grant […]

Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Alden B. Dow

Pastor D.E. Howe first contacted Alden B. Dow about the possibility of designing a new building for the growing congregation of the Midland Seventh-Day Adventist Church in early 1961.  Following a period of fund raising, sketches of the exterior and interior views of the new building were prepared in September of 1963.  The working drawings […]

The John Best Residence by Alden B. Dow

Also known as the House for $3,000, the John Best residence was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1938 to remedy the need for housing to accommodate the expanding workforce of the Dow Chemical Company.  It was one of several affordable small homes he designed for Midland in the 1930’s and 40’s, including the F.W. […]

40th Annual Zonta Homewalk

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is proud to collaborate with the Zonta Club of Midland to bring you the 40th Annual Zonta Homewalk. For several years now, Zonta incorporates Mid-Century Modern Structures in their wonderful holiday homewalk making this uniquely Midland! Please join us as we celebrate great architecture, both old and new […]

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 […]

The Parker Frisselle Residence by Alden B Dow

Parker Frisselle joined the Dow Chemical Company as a salesman in 1943 and advanced to become manager of consumer product development.  His wife Dorothy was the daughter of Ruth Dow Doan and Leland I. Doan, president of Dow Chemical from 1949 to 1962.  The site for which he was to have Alden B. Dow design […]

Mid-Century Modern in Disguise By Craig McDonald, Director The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

The Bennett House living room that features the surrounding “gallery” space looking onto hole number three of the golf course. Midland features over 430 mid-twentieth century modern buildings that make the city an unparalleled architectural destination.  Many architects contributed to this great legacy and to the incredible collection of 350 beautiful residential designs that are […]

The Midland Community Center by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow completed the drawings for the Midland Community Center in March of 1954.  The specifications for the project were sent out for bids and one month later, the general construction contract was awarded to Spence Brothers of Saginaw for its bid of $820,800.  Contracts for plumbing, heating, and electrical totaled $342,943.  Knoll Associates […]

The E. G. MacMartin Residence by Alden B. Dow

The plans for the E. G. MacMartin residence were drawn in late 1940 and early 1941.  The Alden Dow Building Company received the contract to build this $7,500 house.  Work began in February 1941, with construction to be completed by July. The MacMartin residence is one of the smaller homes designed by Alden B. Dow.  […]

The Dr. Charles MacCallum Residence by Alden B. Dow

In the spring of 1935, Midland physician Dr. Charles MacCallum asked Alden B. Dow to design a residence for the sloping lot he purchased from Mr. Dow just north of the Midland Country Club.  The initial rendering showed a low, one-story design placed on the crest of the hill and using the architect’s signature unit block.  A […]

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