The Lynn A. Townsend Residence by Alden B. Dow

Lynn Townsend was two years into his long tenure as head of the Chrysler Corporation in 1963 when he approached Alden B. Dow about designing a home for his family in Bloomfield Hills.  Following a visit to the property, the architect wrote to Mr. Townsend, “Even though it was in the drizzling rain, I found […]

2019 Autumn Reflections Tours by the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio 2019 Autumn Reflections Tours October 5, 2019 Please reserve online at or call 989.839.2744 to book your tour. The 1950s The 1950s were a time of great advancement and expansion throughout our country and Midland was growing with it.  The three houses presented on our Autumn Reflections Tours […]

The Charles W. Bachman Residence by Alden B. Dow

  The Charles W. Bachman Residence in East Lansing was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1936.  Charles Bachman was the football coach for Michigan State College from 1933 until 1946.  The two-story L-shaped structure is situated at the top of a rise in the property.  The asymmetric design contrasts large solid-white walls with windows […]

The Louis P. Butenschoen Residence by Alden B. Dow

Louis Butenschoen joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1935 as a member of the sales staff.  During his career, he would develop the sales market for dry cleaning solvents and eventually became the manager of the new solvents unit.  In 1941, he contacted Alden B. Dow to design a house for his family.  A color […]

Francis “Red” Warner Architectural Showcase

Mid-Century Modern Midland: Francis “Red” Warner Architectural Showcase Sunday, June 30, 2019 1-3pm This showcase will feature self-guided tours of three Warner structures Advanced ticket sales only.  $20 per person. You will not be able to purchase tickets the day of the event. Guest to provide their own transportation to structures. [maxbutton id=”2″ text=”Click to […]

United Methodist Church of the Dunes by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow began the design of the Methodist Church of the Dunes in 1957 and completed the working drawings in 1960.  Construction bids amounting to $276,468 were accepted and the ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 2, 1960.  The completion of the church was celebrated in February of 1961. The architect took full advantage […]

The First United Methodist Church by Alden B. Dow

Occupying an entire city block on a busy corner of Main Street in downtown Midland, the First Methodist Church was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1947.  “The architecture of this church, he wrote, “is to inspire the concept of growth…growth beyond ourselves, beyond walls, beyond this earth.” The church is built around a central courtyard with a […]

The Herbert H. Dow II Residence by Alden B. Dow

Herbert H. Dow II was the grandson of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company.  He began a 39-year tenure with the company in 1953 at the age of 25, progressing through a number of positions and eventually becoming Corporate Secretary, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors.  He also served as President […]

The James Duffy Residence and Cottage by Alden B. Dow

James Duffy was the President of the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Company, once considered the most profitable railroad per mile of track in the United States.  Mr. Duffy also owned one of the most opulent private railroad cars that would have been the envy of the old railroad barons of the golden era of […]

St. John’s Lutheran Church by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow regarded St. John’s Lutheran Church on East Carpenter Street in Midland as one of his most significant religious structures.  Designed in 1953, the nave of the church accommodates 600 people with no one in the congregation more than 60 feet away from the center of the altar.  Mr. Dow believed “the symbol […]

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