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.

In the second room of the Archives, in the area that was once the backstage of the theatre, is Mr. Dow’s collection of over 300 films. Today they are categorized into Architecture, Personal, Family, Higgins Lake, Travel, Nature, Productions, Miscellaneous, and Commercial. At present we have the opportunity to watch them during camps, workshops, archive study days and movie days.
The entryway to the Pardee residence in Midland, Michigan.  This home built in 1935 was one of 13 unit block structures designed by Alden B. Dow.

“Quality, in all its forms, draws people to it.”

—   Alden B. Dow

“Billions of people, trillions of ideas, each one is uniquely distinctive.”

—   Alden B. Dow
Alden Dow’s original architecture tools in the first drafting room of his studio.

“There’s fun in a pleasant discovery, in a new idea.”

—   Alden B. Dow

“Our every breath is creatively individual.”

—   Alden B. Dow

Twenty area educators and writers gathered at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio to practice their craft in an environment that inspires creativity. The event took place all day July 11th and included an exercise which discussed letters between Alden B. Dow and Frank Lloyd Wright. The writing that the participants created was shared while enjoying wine and cheese on the screened-in porch.

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

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The Panter House is one of the homes on Ultimate Travel Tour in our Autumn Reflections Tour! We love this black and white photo of the interior in comparison with the modern, colored photo of the kitchen/dining room area that looks out to the sitting room.

The Panter House is one of the homes on Ultimate Travel Tour in our Autumn Reflections Tour! We love this black and white photo of the interior in comparison with the modern, colored photo of the kitchen/dining room area that looks out to the sitting room.

Anonymous said: whoare you?

I am a college student working at the ABD Home and Studio!  I try to keep on top of the variety of social media here (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Yelp!, Google, etc.), in addition to working the different architecture and design-based camps we hold throughout the summer.  

Anonymous said: I am looking for outdoor, residential, wood lantern lights that were designed by Alden Dow and were shown in the 60's through Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I ordered the plans but am now unable to find them. They were tall, some over 8 feet and slender. Also, they were in redwood. Would really appreciate your help. Thank you.

Hello!  I know exactly what you are talking about!  I would suggest contacting us directly at (866) 315-7678 and we will be able to assist you in any way we can!

We’ve restored the screened porch!  Excited to open this room back up to tours!

We’ve restored the screened porch!  Excited to open this room back up to tours!

Last Sunday, the Detroit Free Press ran an article about the structures in Michigan that received National Historic Landmark Status in 1989.  The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio received this honor, in addition to five other structures, in Michigan in 1989.

Check out the link below:

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014306290057

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This is the Millard F. Saxton house. Built in 1946, it is the only Dow structure in Flint, Michigan. In 1949, this home was featured in TIME Magazine in an article entitled “Modern Houses Across America”. Alden B. Dow was featured among other prominent architects of the time, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Bruce Goff, Raphael Soriano, and Richard Neutra.