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

Midland High School by Alden B. Dow

The initial site plan for Midland High School was sketched by Alden B. Dow in December of 1953.  Preliminary floorplans were developed in April 1954, with working drawings finalized in November of that year.  Barton-Malow Company from Detroit was selected as general contractor for the project, and construction contracts were

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East Ashman Street Church of God by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the initial drawings for the East Ashman Church of God in April of 1953.  A reduced version of the presentation drawing was published a month later in the Midland Daily News with the caption announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign for the new church.  “It

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

The Dr. John J. Grebe Residence by Alden B. Dow

Dr. John Grebe was a pioneer scientist and “idea man” who worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 41 years.  Upon graduating from Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland with a degree in Physics in 1924, he caught the eye of Herbert Henry Dow, who was at Case to

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The Robert Reinke Residence by Alden B. Dow

Work on the plans for the Robert Reinke residence began in early 1941.  By April, Alden B. Dow was able to present the client with a rendering of the elevation and the floor plan.  Construction began that fall.  In 1947, Mr. Dow designed an addition to the house that included

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