The C. B. Branch residence began life as the Dow Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse. In early 1961, Alden B. Dow began drawing up plans to transform the buildings into a home for Charles B. Branch. Mr. Branch was instrumental in developing the international markets of the Dow Chemical Company, rising to serve as president and […]
As adults drop children off at our Architecture and Design Summer Camps, they excitedly express a wish to stay and join in all of the fun and creativity. Well, now YOU can! The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio has created a Summer 2-Day Adult Camp that contains many of the playful activities enjoyed by […]
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 […]
UPDATE: The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio will present Movie Sundays as live Zoom events. Movie dates and times will remain as previously scheduled. Live narration along with an intermission and plenty of time for questions and answers will add to the fun of seeing Mr. Dow’s films. The pricing has changed to $15 […]
Mr. Dow created and nurtured a fun and playful work environment in his architectural studio throughout its history. We have a couple of slides of the staff awarding a diploma to Harry L Cummings in 1954, that bestows upon him the title of F.A.B.D. (ARCHITECTUS BEAUX DOCTORUS). Note the good-humored listing of job responsibilities and […]
Mr. and Mrs. Dow began renting different cottages in Northern Michigan very early in their marriage. Eventually they would buy and renovate a cottage in Cottage Grove Association on the north side of Higgins Lake. It is here that they made many life-long friendships and connections. One of the couples, Peters (Pat) and Martha Oppermann […]
The health and safety of our Alden B. Dow Home and Studio patrons, volunteers and staff is our priority. With the increasing risk posed by COVID-19, we are cancelling all tours and events at the Home and Studio beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th thru April 30th. We will refund all those who have reservations through April […]
When developing the site plan for Muskegon Community College in 1963, Alden B. Dow marked off a 122-acre section of wooded and hilly creek land and designed the campus around and on top of a stream that meanders through its entire length.
Kalamazoo Valley was just one of a large number of educational projects planned and designed by Mr. Dow during the 1960’s.
On display are drawings and photographs of the unusual beehive light and sound tower of the Roscommon Congregational Church, the Art Deco lamp posts of the original Midland Country Club, the Jenga-like tower of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and more.