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Alden B. Dow House and Studio

315 Post Street

Midland, Midland County

Designation and Designation Date

Alden Dow House and Studio

  • National Historic Landmark, listed June 29, 1989
  • National Register, listed June 29, 1989

Architect, Builder, or Designer(s)

  • Alden B. Dow, architect

Associated Person(s)

  • Alden B. Dow

Significant Date(s), Notes

  • 1934, studio erected
  • 1941, house erected

Significance Statement

Alden Dow House and StudioAlden Dow's own studio, placed along a stream and a plum grove in the park-like garden of his father's (Herbert H. Dow) house, opened his architectural career with the most beautiful expression of his picturesque architecture. Although Dow apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in the summer and fall of 1933, the lyrical composition of his studio and home is very much his own. The former playroom of the Dow house holds the Alden B. Dow Archives. The family is preserving the home and studio under the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation.

 

The architecture of Alden B. Dow received national attention from his very early career through to his late period, partly because he was closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, although a number of his designs Alden Dow House and Studioare more closely allied with European Modernism. Dow was clearly placed between the two movements. He did not have the struggle to establish himself financially that Sullivan and Wright had—he was free of the necessity to compromise and he had the luxury of pursuing his own aesthetic. The body of his work is of rare quality and completeness and remains highly original among the contending forces of 20th-century architecture. The house and studio are, however, his most clearly acknowledged masterpiece.

 

For information about any of the programs described on this site, write the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Historical Center, P.O. Box 30740, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909-8240, or call us at (517) 373-1630.

 

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio offers tours.  Visit the Web site.


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