The C. B. Branch Residence by Alden B. Dow

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 […]

Summer Adult 2-Day Camp Friday, June 11 & Saturday, June 12 9am-5pm

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 […]

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 […]

Office Fun in 1954

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 […]

Oppermann Friendship

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 […]

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio cancelling tours March 18-April 30.

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 […]

Muskegon Community College by Alden B. Dow

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.

Out of the Archives: Alden B. Dow’s Lanterns, Towers & Spires

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.

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