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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 Home and Studio

First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, Michigan by Alden B. Dow

The selection of an architect for a new building for the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn took more than a year of research by its Building Committee.  Thirty-five architectural firms submitted answers to questionnaires.  On January 21, 1960, the congregation approved the Committee’s choice of “a recognized leader in church

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Alden B. Dow Archive

The Leonard Bergstein Residence by Alden B. Dow

Leonard Bergstein was a Midland pharmacist who founded Community Drug Store on East Main Street in 1930. Alden B. Dow began the drawings for a home for the Bergsteins in 1951. The contract was dated September 21, 1951 for the sum of $38,936.98, with construction by Branson Builders to be

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

Alden B. Dow on “The Kind of School I Would Like to Attend”

  The value of face-to-face instruction and the importance of re-opening schools is very much in the news and on everyone’s minds these days. Just what is the ideal environment for learning? Alden B. Dow, the architect of many school and college buildings, explored this question and sought to show

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