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 Home and Studio

Greenhills School by Alden B. Dow

Designed by Alden B. Dow in 1966, Greenhills School is situated on a 30-acre estate known as “Greenhills” by its former owner, the Earhart family, just north of the Huron River.  The initial program analysis for the building was based on a potential maximum enrollment of 240 pupils with a

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

The Dr. Joe Morris Residence by Alden B. Dow

In June of 1962 Dr. Joe Morris, an Ann Arbor physician, wrote a letter to Alden B. Dow to ask if he would design a house for his family.  He was encouraged to write that letter by Dr. Harry Towsley, the architect’s brother-in-law and from whom he had received his

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

Roscommon Congregational Church by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the drawings for the Roscommon Congregational Church in February 1961.  A contract was signed with a local building contractor, Bernard Streff, on July 17, 1961, with construction to be completed within 200 calendar days for $86,500.  The final cost of the church with change orders totaled

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

The Midland Community Center by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow completed the drawings for the Midland Community Center in March of 1954.  The specifications for the project were sent out for bids and one month later, the general construction contract was awarded to Spence Brothers of Saginaw for its bid of $820,800.  Contracts for plumbing, heating, and

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