Talk:Alden B. Dow

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What's a six-sided rhombus? A rhombus is a mathematical shape with four equal sides. Surely a six-sided rhombus is a contradiction?

- Gnomon 2-Feb-2010 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.198.212.130 (talk) 13:30, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

I am cutting several large chunks[edit]

out of the article because they appear to be not only opinion and original research (both things that I am not altogether opposed to) but also mean spirited and combative. the references appear to be dead links and the chief source appears to be a talk or interview with someone's wife. It needs to be better sourced, at best. Here it is:

After some fumbling attempts to design his Office Space he contacted Bob Goodall, Frank Lloyd Wright's chief Draftsman and convinced him to abandon Wright and come to Midland and set up a partnership. It should be remembered that FLLW was Louis Sullivan's chief draftsman hence this is a very high honor. Goodall was a master of descriptive gemometry and extremely tasteful and creative and he fully understood Frank Lloyd Wrights principles of design and taste. It is not true that Dow designed his office space himself. In fact it is an outright breach of honesty. When Goodall arrived he totally changed the immature design into a masterpiece with a particularly interesting passage of having a sunken seating area that glided on down into an adjacent pond hence blending into the surrounding environment with the architecture. If Alden spoke that he operated under the principles "honesty, humility and enthusiasm." it is a perfect travesty of the truth. [1] In his early career, Dow concentrated on residential design using his signature style of Unit Block construction.[2] When Alden went to Detroit to ride back to Midland with Bob, Bob unveiled his unit block concept to Alden and Alden agreed to have it patented if he could attach his hame in partnership. Goodall Invented and Designed the blocks and insisted that they be of natural color as he did his own house. Alden wanted to paint them white so there was a bit of a conflict. Though they appeared to be a cube, were actually six-sided rhombuses which gained strength as they were stacked together.[3]

There is more, which I am going back to get. Please feel fee to pitch in. If the person doing these edits wishes to join in, so much the better. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 21:43, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Here is another cut and I believe that there is more.
Goodall was the Chief Designer for Dow and the fact that Dow refused to credit Bob Goodall remains one the great travesties in the history of Architecture. One can only imagine the heartbreak at such a deceitful move. That Dow would not include Bob Goodall in the name of the company belies Goodall's tremendous contributions. Clearly Goodall was the master.

It should be remembered that Falling Water was built at approximately the same time and the possiblity arises that Goodall had also worked upon that project as well. Frank took the boat to Luddington and train over to Midland to vistit Bob and Alden and see what they were doing. While visiting Goodall's house Frank took his cane over to the side of a built in sofa and whopped it and pronounced, "You boys don't understand space!" That also was about the same time that FLLW designed the Goetsch Winkler house.

Carptrash (talk) 21
47, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Here is yet another piece that need work before being returned to the article.

Bob decided that he had to split from Dow because his work was not being properly attributed and opening up an office in Midland was about as difficult as carrying coals to Newcastle. Midland remains a remote Company Town for the world famous Dow Chemical Company. With the death in a car accident of his son at the senior graduation party, and loosing all hope Bob committed suicide. Dow's work markedly changed after that, becoming once again simple and without Bob's ingenious touch and taste. The work then ranged between vapid and inane.

Carptrash (talk) 02:49, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

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  1. ^ "History". Dow Howell Gilmore Associates Inc. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  2. ^ Alden B. Dow Home & Studio-Unit Block systems
  3. ^ Brandt, Sheena. "A Student's Visit to the House". Delta College. Retrieved 2007-04-05.  [dead link]