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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The Baptist Church Parsonage by Alden B. Dow

In the spring of 1947, the First Baptist Church wanted a new home that would prove attractive to their prospects for a new minister.  Alden B. Dow was approached to design the home and drawings were completed in 1948.  A cost breakdown provided by the general contractor shows a total…

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The Robert Bennett Residence by Alden B. Dow

Robert Bennett was Alden B. Dow’s brother-in-law and younger brother of Vada Bennett Dow.  Mr. Bennett worked at the Dow Chemical Company for a number of years, becoming Treasurer of the company in 1959 at the age of 39.  Following the wishes of Mr. Bennett’s wife, the architect designed a…

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Press Release: Midland, Michigan: A Mid-Century Modern Architectural Dream

Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM), a project of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, committed to documenting, preserving and celebrating Midland, Michigan’s architectural heritage, has created a website and mobile app to share an unprecedented collection of over 400 Mid-Century Modern buildings.  Through a customized database, the website and app…

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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 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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