Tunnel Tours at the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio

Have you ever wanted to explore and discover a hidden underground passageway? "The Tunnel" is just one of the many captivating and enchanting surprises of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio. This private area is rarely opened for viewing, but for the months of February, March, and April; Saturday…

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Rare Finds from the Archives: Decoration of the Palace Buildings of Peking

In addition to housing the drawings, project files, photographs and other materials that document the architecture of Alden B. Dow, the Archives also contain a number of rare art and architecture books and print collections that were acquired by Mr. Dow over the years.  One of the most unusual and…

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Out of the Archives: Original Sketches and Small Drawings by Alden B. Dow

Now through the end of February, visitors to the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio will have the opportunity to view an extensive selection of rarely-seen original sketches and small drawings on display in the Second Drafting Room.  From a very early age, Alden B. Dow was always drawing, his…

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Ann Arbor Public Library by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow was selected to design a new central library for the city of Ann Arbor following his success as the architect of the Midland Public Library (1953) and the library that was part of the Phoenix Civic Center (1949).  The first drawings for the Ann Arbor library are…

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Greenhills School by Alden B. Dow

Designed by Alden B. Dow in 1966, Greenhills School is situated on a 30-acre estate known as “Greenhills” by its former owner, the Earhart family, just north of the Huron River.  The initial program analysis for the building was based on a potential maximum enrollment of 240 pupils with a…

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Duke University President’s House by Alden B. Dow

In 1963 the president of Duke University, Douglas M. Knight, approached Alden B. Dow with a request for a home.  Completed in 1966, the low-slung home is nestled into the edge of a beautiful forest on 436 acres.  Project documents indicate a house of 10,655 square feet and a total…

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The Dr. Joe Morris Residence by Alden B. Dow

In June of 1962 Dr. Joe Morris, an Ann Arbor physician, wrote a letter to Alden B. Dow to ask if he would design a house for his family.  He was encouraged to write that letter by Dr. Harry Towsley, the architect’s brother-in-law and from whom he had received his…

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Roscommon Congregational Church by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the drawings for the Roscommon Congregational Church in February 1961.  A contract was signed with a local building contractor, Bernard Streff, on July 17, 1961, with construction to be completed within 200 calendar days for $86,500.  The final cost of the church with change orders totaled…

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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…

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The Color Block Wall of the Dow Chemical Company 2040 Plastics Building

Alden B. Dow began the design of the Dow Chemical Company’s Abbott Road Center in 1963.  The design phase continued over the next several years, during which time it came to be called the 2040 Plastics Building.  A purely functional brick and glass exterior housed offices and laboratory space for…

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