Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Exploring the home, studio, and life of an inspirational architect. All photos courtesy of the Alden B. Dow Archives unless otherwise stated.

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Whiting House Door, designed by Alden B. Dow (he also designed the entire house), and located in Midland, Michigan.

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Whiting House Door, designed by Alden B. Dow (he also designed the entire house), and located in Midland, Michigan.

spiritwandering asked: What is your favorite Dow design?

Definitely the Stein house in Midland, Michigan.  The interior of the building is amazing (partially due to the interior design prowess of the current owners), and it is actually a design that Alden B. Dow worked on with Frank Lloyd Wright when he stayed with him for a short time, so there are more Wrightian influences in this building than some others by Dow during that time period. However, I really like all of his designs.. this one just stands out to me. Thanks for the question!

Fleming Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The building was completed in August of 1968.

Fleming Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The building was completed in August of 1968.

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Designed by Alden B. Dow.

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Designed by Alden B. Dow.

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“‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to the first principles.”

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Alden B. Dow studied under Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time, and shared many of his ideas and design principles.

(Source: carolinefm, via thewrightkindofhouses)

A view from the terrace of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio.

Curious?

Moni Fago was one of Alden’s children’s imaginary friends.  He wanted to incorporate him into the design of the Home and Studio, so he carved into one of the unit blocks!
This photo is an example of the repetition we find in Mr. Dow’s work. Repetition is prevalent in nature and it creates a pleasing and comfortable sensation to the human eye.  Also in this photo, one can see the beauty of the materials and craftsmanship that exist in our wonderful building.
A view of the Sun Bridge, designed by Alden B. Dow and located in Dow Gardens, as seen from a canoe.  Notice how the reflection in the pond makes a full circle? We think Alden’s ideas were pretty cool!
One of our camp counselors with two campers canoeing on the pond surrounding the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio!

We made it into Huffington Post's list of favorite "Houses that Famous Architects Called Home!"

It’s all about being creative and open-minded here

Architecture Camp 2013 is going so well!! Yesterday, the campers went on a scavenger hunt through the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, explored other ABD buildings, and had a lesson on sustainability by Melissa Wahl from Cobblestone Homes. 

Camp will continue with fun activities such as constructing origami mobiles, photography lessons, creating outdoor rooms, working with Google Sketchup, canoeing on the pond that surrounds the building, and of course, designing and building their own model home or business!

Photos to come!!

A small house located in Lake Jackson, Texas- a town designed by Alden B. Dow.