Mid-Century Modern in Disguise By Craig McDonald, Director The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

The Bennett House living room that features the surrounding “gallery” space looking onto hole number three of the golf course. Midland features over 430 mid-twentieth century modern buildings that make the city an unparalleled architectural destination.  Many architects contributed to this great legacy and to the incredible collection of 350 beautiful residential designs that are […]

Out of the Archives: Original Sketches and Small Drawings by Alden B. Dow

Now through the end of February, visitors to the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio will have the opportunity to view an extensive selection of rarely-seen original sketches and small drawings on display in the Second Drafting Room.  From a very early age, Alden B. Dow was always drawing, his sister Dorothy Dow Arbury recalled.  […]

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 […]

The Dow Chemical Company House 101 by Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow’s plans for the residence known as the Dow Chemical Company House 101 are dated June of 1939. No job files exist for the structure, thus its construction date and cost are unknown. Without a named owner at the time the drawings were made, the design was likely intended to serve as a […]

The F. W. Lewis Residence

F. W. Lewis was an accountant for the Dow Chemical Company. The first sketches for his modest house are dated 1933, with construction completed a year later for $2,500. At approximately 900 square feet, it marked the beginning of Alden B. Dow’s abiding interest in the design of low-cost housing.

Somnophonics: Alden B. Dow’s Invention of a New Art Form

The idea came to Alden B. Dow as he sat quietly in an auditorium, watching the conductor and musicians performing in concert.  He wondered if there might be a way to enhance the enjoyment of a musical performance by adding color, light, and movement to the experience.  He began experimenting in the Game Room of […]

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