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 late 1940’s Mrs. Dow (Vada) bought this Crosley for Mr. Dow (Alden). Their son Mike recalls:
“I remember Mom was so excited.  It was a Christmas present to Dad and had a big red bow on it - in the shop! Mary Lloyd and I drove it all over the orchards.  It was a medium green color.”
The Crosley automobile, manufactured by the Crosley Corporation and later by Crosley Motors Incorporated in the United States intermittently from 1939 to 1952, was popular during especially during World War II.  The car was popular due to the gasoline rationing and the good mileage it could achieve: 50 miles per US gallon.

The 25 Best Historic Homes in America

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio has made the list of “The Top 25 Best Historic Homes in America” in Traditional Home Magazine! Please follow the link below to read more about the Home and Studio as well as other amazing historic house museums across the country!

Autumn is a beautiful time at the Home and Studio.
From the top of the bridge outside of Mr. Dow’s Home office. He uses the bridge to create an architectural frame for the Japanese lantern on the other side of the pond.
Summer flowers are being replaced by beautiful fall mums. These line the walkway that lead to the upper porch.
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.