The Robbie Robinson Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Robbie Robinson residence is one of the 13 unit block houses designed by Alden B. Dow and built during the 1930s and early 1940s.  Mr. Robinson owned the Robbie Robinson Company, a Detroit firm that supplied a number of building products used by Mr. Dow over the years.  In…

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The Domed Structures of Alden B. Dow

On Display in the Second Drafting Room While many of Alden B. Dow’s structures, especially his Unit Block houses, have flat roofs, he nevertheless designed some beautiful and engaging domed buildings during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Domes are one of the most familiar features in architecture.  They are curved…

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The Carleton Washburne Residence by Alden B. Dow

Dr. Carleton Washburne was a nationally-known educational psychologist and author who taught at Brooklyn College in New York.  He wrote to Alden B. Dow in November of 1959 to inquire if the architect might design a retirement home close to his daughter, who was married to a professor at Michigan…

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The Russell Jameson Residence by Alden B. Dow

Russell Jameson owned the Jameson Machine Company in Saginaw, Michigan. While scouting property for a home for the Jamesons to the north of Saginaw, Alden B. Dow discovered a plot of 200 acres in East Tawas that perfectly suited his design sensibilities. It featured a hill upon which to situate…

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Northwood University by Alden B. Dow

Northwood University as a physical place in Midland began with a Master Plan from the drawing board of Alden B. Dow in 1961.  His firm was commissioned to get the initial buildings ready for students in just under six months.  Over the course of the following year, a site plan…

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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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After Alden: An Architectural History of Lake Jackson

“After Alden: An Architectural History of Lake Jackson” by Marty Merritt Lecture and Book Signing Sunday, October 27, 2019 1-3 pm United Church of Christ 4100 Chestnut Hill Dr, Midland, MI 48642 Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM) is excited to present a lecture and book signing: “After Alden: An Architectural History of…

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The Charles S. Comey Residence by Alden B. Dow

In a letter written to Alden B. Dow in November 1950, C. S. Comey asked for a home that was “cozy, not too large, as there are but two of us, not so young.”  He wanted ease and economy of maintenance, cheerfulness and lightness, and “a large bedroom on the…

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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…

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The Millard Pryor Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Millard and Mary Pryor Residence was designed by Alden B. Dow in early 1937 for a new subdivision in Grosse Pointe Park, east of Detroit.  The Pryor’s requirements for a family that included twin boys and a maid were: bedrooms for parents, boys, guest, and maid; two baths; two-car…

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