Alden Dow House and Studio

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Alden B. Dow House and Studio
Alden Dow House.jpg
Location 315 Post St., Midland, Michigan
Area 27.2 acres (11.0 ha)[1]
Built 1936
Architect Alden B. Dow
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 89001167
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 29, 1989[2]
Designated NHL June 29, 1989[3]

Alden B. Dow House and Studio, also known as Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, in Midland, Michigan, was the house and studio that were the residence and acknowledged masterpiece of 20th century architect Alden B. Dow. The quality and originality of his work, as well as his association with Frank Lloyd Wright, have earned him lasting national recognition.

Dow built his home and studio between 1937 and 1940, using a patented system known as "Unit Blocks". The Unit Blocks, one foot square, were cast from recycled cinders from the Dow Chemical Company. Dow used them to form walls and terraces, as well as ornamental elements such as stepping stones in the surrounding pond.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[1][3]

The house is open to the public for tours and abuts the Dow Gardens.


  1. ^ a b Carolyn Pitts (February 9, 1989) National Register of Historic Places Registration: Alden B. Dow House and Studio, National Park Service and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1980 and 1984
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Alden Dow House and Studio". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ Linda, Carla (1992). The Wright Style, p. 166. Simon & Schuster.

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Coordinates: 43°37′27″N 84°15′12″W / 43.6241°N 84.2533°W / 43.6241; -84.2533