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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The John Riecker Residence by Alden B. Dow

Designed in 1961 for Alden B. Dow’s niece, Margaret Towsley Riecker, her husband John, and their two children, the Riecker residence is one of the architect’s most distinctive designs.  The 6,800 square-foot house nestles horizontally into a slightly rising site some 85 feet back from the street.  From the front…

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The Josephine Ashmun Residence by Alden B. Dow

Music was always an important part of Josephine Ashmun’s life. At age 11, she became a church organist, a position she would hold for over 40 years. Her mother, Helen, was the sister of Herbert H. Dow, founder of the Dow Chemical Company. When Josephine asked her cousin, Alden B.…

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The Hodgkiss and Douma Residences by Alden B. Dow

A. W. Hodgkiss and H. W. Douma were business partners in an engineering and construction firm in Petoskey, Michigan.  They lived close to one another in homes designed by Alden B. Dow that overlook Little Traverse Bay. The Hodgkiss Residence was built in 1939 and sits on the crest of…

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The Clark T. Wells Residence by Alden B. Dow

Mrs. Clark T. Wells expressed her wishes for a home for her husband and family in a letter to Alden B. Dow on December 3, 1939. “We have decided to abandon the idea of a one-story house.  We feel that perhaps we can get more for our money and an extra…

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The Millard F. Saxton Residence by Alden B. Dow

In 1941 Millard Saxton founded the Engineered Products Company working from his garage in Flint, Michigan, making storm door locking mechanisms.  Still in business today, EPCO is a brand name for architectural hardware products.  Well-acquainted with Alden B. Dow’s work, Mr. Saxton asked the architect to design a home for…

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