Lake Jackson, Texas

Few architects have the opportunity to design a whole community, but Alden B. Dow had just such a unique opportunity in 1941 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Dow Chemical was expanding its plant in Freeport and the new town was to be built nearby for its employees. In the space of five years, he laid out […]

The LeRoy Smith Residence by Alden B. Dow

LeRoy Smith and his family lived in Highland Park, Michigan, but owned land along the St. Clair River near Algonac for summer trips.  In the late 1930’s, they decided to build a summer house on the property to take advantage of the river view.  Mr. Smith wrote to Alden B. Dow in early 1940, inviting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Press Release: Midland, Michigan: A Mid-Century Modern Architectural Dream

Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM), a project of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, committed to documenting, preserving and celebrating Midland, Michigan’s architectural heritage, has created a website and mobile app to share an unprecedented collection of over 400 Mid-Century Modern buildings.  Through a customized database, the website and app allow you to search any […]

The Dr. Robert Ballmer Residence by Alden B. Dow

Dr. Robert Ballmer was a physician with an office on Main Street in Midland, Michigan, but when it came to building a house for his family, he chose a long narrow lot overlooking the golf course of the Midland Country Club, and asked Alden B. Dow to design it.   The architect began the drawings […]

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