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 […]

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 […]

Rare Finds from the Archives: Decoration of the Palace Buildings of Peking

In addition to housing the drawings, project files, photographs and other materials that document the architecture of Alden B. Dow, the Archives also contain a number of rare art and architecture books and print collections that were acquired by Mr. Dow over the years.  One of the most unusual and beautiful publications is entitled Decoration […]

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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