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First United Methodist Church (First Methodist Church)

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First Methodist Church
1947–1950, Alden B. Dow. 315 W. Larkin St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

The church employs a simplified geometry of brick planes topped by wide copper bands that Alden Dow used extensively after World War II, particularly in public buildings. It was given an Award of Merit by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1956. High spaces contrasting with low ones continue his earlier expressions of spatial variation, but with a more generalized vocabulary than was used in private residences. Geometric complexity appears in stained glass windows along the side aisles and with outstanding effect in the chapel to the right of the entrance.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "First United Methodist Church (First Methodist Church)", [Midland, 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, 323-324.

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