Alden B Dow Home Studio & Archives

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Alden B Dow Home Studio & Archives
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315 Post St
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 839-2744

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Highlights from the Home & Studio Archives: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio The Archives of the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio contains more than the drawings, photographs, job files, personal papers and other items documenting Mr. Dow’s life and architectural legacy. It also houses his remarkable collection of books and other publications by and about Frank Lloyd Wright. This is the first of a series of posts highlighting some of these items. Most noteworthy, perhaps, is the Wasmuth Portfolio, the two-volume folio of 100 lithographs of Wright’s work published in Germany in 1910 by Ernest Wasmuth, the Berlin publisher of expensive art books. The actual title of the monograph, translated from the German, is Studies and Executed Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was the first publication of Wright’s work to appear anywhere in the world, as he had not published any of his work in his 20 previous years of activity. The portfolio is significant as a link between Wright’s pioneering American architecture, and the first generation of modernist architects in Europe. The portfolio consists of 100 loose plates illustrating 70 of Wright’s buildings and projects from 1893-1909. There are 72 lithographs on heavy laminated paper and 28 captioned tissue overlays. The plates are line drawings of buildings, while the tissues show the floorplans. The giant plates, 16 by 25 inches in size, were printed in brown or gray ink on gray or eggshell paper. The portfolio’s very first image is that of the 1893 William Winslow house in River Forest, Illinois, Wright’s first independent commission. He showed pride in the work by presenting it in a subtle gold metallic ink on gray/green paper. From the leaded glass windows to every leaf on the trees, the detail is exquisite. A separate booklet contains a list of the plates and Wright’s preface setting forth his architectural philosophy. Also in the Archives is a copy of the “Little Wasmuth.” In 1911, the publisher issued a popular paperback volume of plans and photographs with a preface by Charles Ashbee to supplement the more elaborate folio of plans and drawings. The vivid photographs in the paperback and the splendid drawings of the portfolio supplied Europeans with a stunning introduction to Wright’s work. abdow.org/research

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This Week in the Archives: The Dr. Joe Morris Residence In June of 1962 Dr. Joe Morris, an Ann Arbor physician, wrote a letter to Alden B. Dow to ask if he would design a house for his family. He was encouraged to write that letter by Dr. Harry Towsley, the architect’s brother-in-law and from whom he had received his first residential commission. In August of 1963 Mr. Dow sent the Morrises a plan and exterior sketch of their house, along with a letter explaining the layout of the rooms and how the overall design fit into the site: “The garage and living room area are on approximately the entrance grade. The bedroom is approximately 3 feet below this, in general following the contours of the site. When the door to the bedroom wing on the landing 3 feet below the living room level is opened and the master bedroom door opened, from the entrance you can look down through and out the bedroom window into the rear of your lot. This is a view that is appealing.” After describing the other rooms of this 3,500 square foot house, Mr. Dow concluded his letter by saying, “This would make a very pleasant and easy house to care for. If you study the traffic patterns through the house you will see what I mean…I will be anxious to hear what you think of this house. I’d like to live in it. I hope you feel the same.” In 1998 Dr. Morris and his wife were still living in their Dow home, calling it ‘magnificent simplicity’ in an article published in the Ann Arbor Observer entitled, “Alden Dow’s Ann Arbor.” The complete article, along with the letters, original exterior sketch and plan are all currently on display in the Home & Studio Archives. abdow.org/research


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Mid-Century Modern Midland Presents a Self Guided Tour of two residential designs of architect Jackson B. Hallett. Link to purchase tickets is included in the event.
Please join MCMM on November 5th, 2017 from 1-3pm, for self-guided architectural tour, featuring two of Mr. Hallett’s residential designs. The tour includes both the home Mr. Hallett designed for his own family, "The Jackson B. Hallett Home" located at 3410 Applewood, Midland, MI and the "The James P. West Home" located at 3707 Orchard Drive, Midland, MI. Advanced Ticket Sales Only. You will not be able to purchase the day of the event. Cost $20.00 Purchase by clicking the Ticket Availability in this event, or by going to www.midcenturymidland.org Biography: Jackson B. Hallett’s 40- year architectural career in the Midland, Michigan community left a legacy of superior design reflecting not only his artistic passion but his engaging warmth and commitment to building relationships. His creative vision left the “Hallett-style imprint” on the architectural landscape of more than 40 Midland-area homes and community buildings. Born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1925, Hallett received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan in 1950. The following year, he joined the architectural firm of Alden B. Dow. Then in 1958, Jack formed his own architectural firm, with the philosophy of providing “high quality design consulting through direct and continuing contact between the firm’s principals and our clients.” He expressed his personal view this way: “I believe that Architecture is the creation of an experience in space. The form and method of this experience are distinctly unique for each project, dependent on the individual’s functional needs, the site, its surroundings and the budget to make it all happen. This experience is, in a word, the ‘architect’s service’. Both the imaginative integration of design and the science of construction achieve it. No matter what the building type or its requirements, an interesting experience must take place. With each project, this is the end to which I strive.” During his notable career, Hallett served as President of the Saginaw Valley Chapter AIA, President of the Michigan Society of Architects and participated in numerous civic activities. He was honored by Arts Midland in the spring of 2001, for the breadth of his contribution to the Midland personality of “organic” architecture, with a gallery exhibition showcasing his drawings of residences and public buildings. It is fitting that the community he so loved remembers him not only for his aesthetic accomplishments, but as a man who lived to create lasting structures that have transcended the test of time. He has truly left a creative imprint on generations to come.
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PBS shared this “Destination Midland” story of The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio last week. Mr. Dow’s organ fb.me/7GPHiKRkt

PBS recently aired this “Destination Michigan” story of The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, a Mid-Century Modern Architectural Oasis in Midland, MI. Mr. Dow’s organic style is a great integration and reflection of the nature that surrounds the structure. If you are looking for an engaging activity, as you travel through Michigan enjoying the fall colors, reserve a spot on one of our public tours and come visit! Please share this on your facebook page for friends and family to see! Reserve public tours online at www.abdow.org
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