Later in life, Alden B. Dow was asked how he wanted to be remembered and he replied, “…for my philosophy.” His philosophy, A Way of Life Cycle, focused on his belief that every human is creative. He believed if every human is allowed the freedom to develop and grow their own unique, innate gifts, they will find limitless results to offer the world. As he stated, “Everyone has creative ability. When a person is awakened to that fact in himself; all kinds of creative things can happen.”
A Way of Life Cycle is the culmination of over 40 years of developing and refining his philosophy. This philosophy was not just words on a piece of paper used to impress and delight those who read it. These are words he lived by; they defined him, his actions and his work.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Alden B Dow Home and Studio continues to engage the imagination and elicits emotional responses in all who experience this powerful statement of Mid-Twentieth Century Modern architecture. Planted into an encompassing pond, the Home and Studio is alive with reflective light, soaring roof lines, diverging angles, brilliant color and the perfect balance of enticement and tranquility. It truly is an “oasis of architecture and inspiration.” Schedule your visit for architectural tours, educational programs, Michigan history and much more.