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Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

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1934–1941, Alden B. Dow. 315 Post St.
  • Alden B. Dow Home and Studio (Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Alden Dow, in placing his studio along a stream and a plum grove in the parklike garden of his father's house, opened his career with the most beautiful expression of his picturesque architecture. Asymmetrical forms, richly patterned copper roofs, and one-foot-square concrete blocks wander through carefully selected foliage and along the controlled stream. The lowest room actually sits eighteen inches in the water. The residence added in 1940 is elevated to gain privacy. Although Dow (1904–1983) apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in the summer of 1933, the lyrical composition of his studio and home is very much his own. Today the structure housing the home and studio is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Alden and Veda Dow Foundation.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Alden B. Dow Home and Studio", [Midland Township, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 322-322.

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