PROJECTS

During his 50 year career in architecture, Alden Dow designed over 560 projects not only in the state of Michigan but also throughout the United States. Whether designing homes for the individual or the family, work spaces for industry, worship spaces for religious communities, or schools and civic buildings, Alden Dow believed the architect always played an important role in creating harmony between people, materials and ideas.  Good architecture responds to the land and its culture. In 1944, Alden Dow said, “I have no idea what my next design for a building will look like, but I do know it will not look anything like the one I have just completed, and that is not because of me, but because of the individual or individuals that are going to use the next building.”

The progressive climate of the pre and post war years encouraged Alden Dow’s  interest in new technology, new materials and innovative designs.  His buildings combined the functional with imagination and creativity.  For five decades, Alden Dow successfully pioneered architectural designs that are still timely today.

In The Archives

Alden B. Dow Archive

Eastminster Presbyterian Church by Alden B. Dow

In search of an architect, the building committee of the newly-formed congregation of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing, Michigan, sent out a request for proposals in April of 1958.  Alden B. Dow responded by enclosing sketches of two other churches he had designed and described the qualifications of his

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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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The Parker Frisselle Residence by Alden B Dow

Parker Frisselle joined the Dow Chemical Company as a salesman in 1943 and advanced to become manager of consumer product development.  His wife Dorothy was the daughter of Ruth Dow Doan and Leland I. Doan, president of Dow Chemical from 1949 to 1962.  The site for which he was to

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