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 […]

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 […]

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.

The Henry McMorran Memorial Auditorium and Sports Arena by Alden B. Dow

Located in the hub of Port Huron’s downtown, the Henry McMorran Memorial Auditorium was designed by Alden B. Dow in 1956, followed by the Sports Arena in 1957.  The Theatre has 1157 seats and features a stage curtain designed by Mr. Dow and similar to the one found in the Game Room of the Home […]

Tunnel Tours at the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio

Have you ever wanted to explore and discover a hidden underground passageway? “The Tunnel” is just one of the many captivating and enchanting surprises of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio. This private area is rarely opened for viewing, but for the months of February, March, and April; Saturday tours will include a trip […]

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 […]

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