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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

The S. Gordon Saunders Residence by Alden B. Dow

S. Gordon Saunders was an executive in the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation.  He owned a lot on a small pond near Cranbrook Academy that was quite similar to the natural setting of Alden B. Dow’s studio.  The architect began the design of the Saunders residence in 1936, two

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

The E. G. MacMartin Residence by Alden B. Dow

The plans for the E. G. MacMartin residence were drawn in late 1940 and early 1941.  The Alden Dow Building Company received the contract to build this $7,500 house.  Work began in February 1941, with construction to be completed by July. The MacMartin residence is one of the smaller homes

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Alden B Dow Home and Studio

The Robbie Robinson Residence by Alden B. Dow

The Robbie Robinson residence is one of the 13 unit block houses designed by Alden B. Dow and built during the 1930s and early 1940s.  Mr. Robinson owned the Robbie Robinson Company, a Detroit firm that supplied a number of building products used by Mr. Dow over the years.  In

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