The Louis P. Butenschoen Residence by Alden B. Dow

Louis Butenschoen joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1935 as a member of the sales staff.  During his career, he would develop the sales market for dry cleaning solvents and eventually became the manager of the new solvents unit.  In 1941, he contacted Alden B. Dow to design a house…

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Francis “Red” Warner Architectural Showcase

Mid-Century Modern Midland: Francis "Red" Warner Architectural Showcase Sunday, June 30, 2019 1-3pm This showcase will feature self-guided tours of three Warner structures Advanced ticket sales only.  $20 per person. You will not be able to purchase tickets the day of the event. Guest to provide their own transportation to…

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United Methodist Church of the Dunes by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the design of the Methodist Church of the Dunes in 1957 and completed the working drawings in 1960.  Construction bids amounting to $276,468 were accepted and the ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 2, 1960.  The completion of the church was celebrated in February of 1961.…

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The First United Methodist Church by Alden B. Dow

Occupying an entire city block on a busy corner of Main Street in downtown Midland, the First Methodist Church was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1947.  “The architecture of this church, he wrote, “is to inspire the concept of growth…growth beyond ourselves, beyond walls, beyond this earth.” The church is built around…

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The Herbert H. Dow II Residence by Alden B. Dow

Herbert H. Dow II was the grandson of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company.  He began a 39-year tenure with the company in 1953 at the age of 25, progressing through a number of positions and eventually becoming Corporate Secretary, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors. …

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The James Duffy Residence and Cottage by Alden B. Dow

James Duffy was the President of the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Company, once considered the most profitable railroad per mile of track in the United States.  Mr. Duffy also owned one of the most opulent private railroad cars that would have been the envy of the old railroad barons…

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St. John’s Lutheran Church by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow regarded St. John’s Lutheran Church on East Carpenter Street in Midland as one of his most significant religious structures.  Designed in 1953, the nave of the church accommodates 600 people with no one in the congregation more than 60 feet away from the center of the altar. …

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The Joseph L. Sherk Residence by Alden B. Dow

Joseph L. Sherk was the son of Dr. Joseph H. Sherk, the personal physician for Herbert H. Dow and his family.  In 1954, Mr. Sherk acquired two lots from Alden B. Dow bordering the golf course of the Midland Country Club and commissioned him to design a home for his…

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The Philip Rich Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Philip Rich residence was designed by Alden B. Dow in the spring/summer of 1940.  Mr. Rich was the publisher and founder of the Midland Daily News.  In May, floor plans had been prepared for the client with color renderings showing a one-story structure.  The detailed drawings for the house carry…

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The Macauley Whiting Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Macauley Whiting residence was designed in 1947 for Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting.  Mrs. Whiting was the niece of Alden B. Dow, the architect of the home.  Mr. Whiting worked for the Dow Chemical Company, becoming Manager of the Midland Division and later, Director and President of Overseas Operations.…

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