Resiliency: Designing for Change by Kristen Nyht AIA
Designing for Change
Kristen Nyht AIA,
Saturday June 10, 2023 at 10:30 am in the Grace A. Dow Library Auditorium
During this free community event M. Nyht will discuss questions such as, what does resilience mean when talking about buildings? How can we use resilient design in our buildings and communities? What does it mean to mitigate climate change or adapt to it? And perhaps most important, how can we have productive discussions on these topics? It isn’t enough to build a single, sustainable building standing alone; we are part of a wider network and need to adapt to thinking at a variety of scales – from single building to neighborhood to town to city. This presentation starts with the basic ideas of resilience, mitigation, and adaptation, then explores how these ideas can be applied in our communities for a safer, greener future for all of us.
No RSVP required
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Happy Birthday Alden B. Dow:
Philosopher and Innovator
Alden B. Dow sought to create quality in all that he did. To obtain quality, he questioned, challenged and tested the world in a positive and constructive manner with Honesty, Humility and Enthusiasm. These three factors became the guiding principles in all areas of his life, personal and professional. Join us on Facebook LIVE as Craig McDonald, Director of the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio celebrates the life of Alden B. Dow, the influential philosopher and architect, on what would have been Mr. Dow’s 116th birthday. He will focus time on an article that Mr. Dow wrote entitled “The City.”
Get ready to join the conversation and ask Craig questions in the Facebook LIVE thread as we #MakeArtVirtual.
Some rare individuals have the ability to see a larger perspective and articulate it to encourage and inspire others to think and to dream. It is even more rare when a person has this ability or gift and can actually create and physically manifest those visions and ideas into reality. Alden B. Dow was one of those incredibly rare human beings who created new definitions in our world that continue to inspire and encourage each of us to create and to grow as humans. Most visibly, he created new forms of architecture and design. Through his writings and speeches he encourages us to identify, develop and share our individual talents with the world around us. He appreciated and celebrated that each of us has a talent or gift that is unequal to any other person. When we all share our unique individual talents with others, we can collectively create something that is honest, inspiring and truly individual.
In the article below, Alden B. Dow gives us a definition of what a city is or can be if we appreciate and value the talents of the people who make up that city. When we emerge from Covid-19, we will be asked to create new definitions for ourselves, our families, our cities and the world around us. As we create new definitions in business, art, science, education and all other endeavors, let’s create definitions that reflect who we are as unique, educated, thoughtful, intentional and proactive citizens of Midland, Michigan.
The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
What is a city? A city is a concentration of variety. Like a huge demographic atom it has “individualism” unique to itself. Cities may look alike, from afar, but up close they follow the pattern of the atom, the daisy, or the human being.
It takes people to make a city. They mold the city. Their “individualisms” produce a final composition – the city – with a distinctiveness unduplicated. In a magnificent inter-action, the individual human beings relate to the individualistic city and create a force that attracts and holds a city together.
This “city-force” is a mutual, interdependence between the physical city and its citizens. It supplies an endless variety of facilities and services with a true mutuality. It draws its power from a large population which, in turn, supplies the economic base for the variety impossible in a smaller concentration of people.
Every “city-force” has a distinctive, individual character and enthusiasm. This enthusiasm accomplishes a desirable end in many ways. There are countless kinds of enthusiasm; some like the harsh sounds of the brass section in a band; others like the muted tenderness of violins. The city sets its own tempo, selects its own repertoire, and modulates in its own individual fashion.
If it is to grow into a great city, its people must actively express its beliefs and principles. It must develop a faith in its own “city-force” and enthusiasm. It must project its potential in its own individualism. To truly progress, a city should never “copy” what’s being done in another city. If it cannot figure out a better way of doing its tasks, in its own individual way, it is best not to do it at all.
Every city must ask itself “What am I trying to do?” It should be searching for a “way of life” for its people. And, this “way of life” has to please the inanimate city and the animate population. It must balance the people with its facilities to be “right”.
In achieving this “rightness” a city becomes great. It also becomes truly individualistic, functional, and distinctive.
After Alden: An Architectural History of Lake Jackson
"AfterAlden: An Architectural History of Lake Jackson"
by Marty Merritt
Lecture and Book Signing
Sunday, October 27, 2019
United Church of Christ
4100 Chestnut Hill Dr, Midland, MI 48642
Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM) is excited to present a lecture and book signing “AfterAlden: An Architectural History of Lake Jackson”. Marty Merritt, author of the book, AfterAlden will be in Midland to discuss his research and to sign copies of his recently released book on the architecture of Lake Jackson, Texas. This public event will be Sunday, October 27th, 2019 beginning at 1 pm at the United Church of Christ, 4100 Chestnut Hill Dr., Midland, MI 48642.
Few architects have the opportunity to design a whole community, but Alden B. Dow had just such a unique opportunity, in 1941 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Dow Chemical was expanding its plant in Freeport and the new town was to be built nearby for its employees. In the space of five years, he laid out the streets and designed housing and community structures for this new town on the Gulf Coast connecting his Midland heritage to this World War II era project.
In all about 50 house plans in his signature clean, modern style were offered to buyers. Most had in common functional frame construction with clapboard siding, wide eaves, generous windows, a living room with a dining alcove, two or three bedrooms, a screened porch, and a carport. Homes were set back 25 feet from the front property line and 10 feet on each side, allowing plenty of breathing room between neighbors. About 500 single-family homes and another 200 duplexes were built in a garden setting of trees, parks, and lakes.
AfterAlden, tells the architectural story of the Freeport and Lake Jackson area in the years afterAlden B. Dow’s pioneering wartime projects. Focusing on the 1950s and 1960s, the book identifies every major architect who did significant work in the region and highlights several remarkable owner-designed houses. The book features new images by architectural photographer Benjamin Hill.
Marty Merritt is a Lake Jackson native, a member of the board of Houston MOD, and a member of the Lake Jackson Historical Association. Through his work as the Facilities Manager of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, he grew to appreciate architecture, and through his participation in Houston MOD he came to realize that he grew up with mid-century buildings and houses all around him. This book is the result of that realization.
Books will be available to purchase
prior to the event at The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
and on the day of the event at the book signing.
Cost is $20
Self Guided Tours
Advanced ticket sales only.
You will not be able to purchase tickets the day of the event.Explore the living environments designed by, or currently lived in, by three of Midland’s most influential artists and their families: Charles Breed
Breed Residence, 1955 by Jackson Hallett, AIA, and Charles Breed
4202 Sherwood Court
Morrison Residence, 1970 by James Robertson
3602 Windsor Court
Roberts (Winslow) Residence, 1960 by James Robertson and Jim Roberts
818 W. Meadowbrook Drive
“Whystrive to be creative”, perhaps I should ask, “Why striveto breathe?” In most creative personalities, it is every bit as necessary to be creative as it is to take in oxygen. It is a simple prerequisite of life. To many – to most – of us, to live is to be creative. There is no alternative.”
Mid-Century Modern Midland: Francis "Red" Warner Architectural Showcase Sunday, June 30, 2019 1-3pm
This showcase will feature self-guided tours of three
Advanced ticket sales only.
You will not be able to purchase tickets the day of the event.
Guest to provide their own transportation to structures.
Francis E. (Red) Warner was born in Big Run, Pennsylvania in 1921. He loved the outdoors. Every chance he got he would be out playing, biking and jumping off the railroad bridges in the Susquehanna river! He attended Penn State where he was active in many clubs and organizations including Lions Paw Honor Society and Concert Choir. During World War ll he worked as a field engineer in the construction of naval shipyards and power houses. He received his architectural degree from Pennsylvania State College in 1951. From 1951 through 1957 he considered himself fortunate to be able to work under the tutelage of Alden B. Dow. He often commented that he couldn’t believe he was being paid to work in such an amazing and creative environment!
In 1957 he started his own architectural firm in Midland the year his second child was born, so you might say he was a risk taker! He continued working in the tradition of Mr. Dow and Frank Lloyd Wright and was known for designing affordable, creative structures. Warner designed over fifty residences in an area extending to Barrington, Illinois. He loved designing churches which included Chapel Lane Presbyterian, Poseyville Methodist, Our Saviour Lutheran in Gladwin, First Missionary in Flint and Saint John Lutheran in Rogers City.
Red was called on to design more than thirty-four commercial buildings that included the original brick-faced Holiday Inn in Midland, Bay City Yacht Club, Gladwin Country Club, Midland Road Commission (now a Northwood northern entrance), and many more commercial and school buildings around the state.
Red was inspired by the natural beauty of nature and to achieve that he used wood extensively. He especially liked the grain and warmth of edge grain fir and Douglas fir beams which he incorporated in his designs. His works were designed for those who appreciated beauty without extravagance. He always felt you didn’t have to have a lot of money to live artistically, all you needed was an appreciation for a home filled by light and views of nature. It was in the small details and practicality of his designs that he excelled. Contractors commented that they could tell it was a Red Warner home the moment they saw the front door. He designed passive solar energy homes when that term was rarely used. The placement and style of each building had to be most carefully considered to achieve that important feature. Many of his homeowners became an extended family because they became so close during the home design process, with Red stopping in every day to oversee the build and to be sure the contractors were measuring up to his exacting standards. His success can be measured by the extent to which his clients became his best friends and admirers.
His works were honored in a gallery exhibition at the Midland Center for the Arts in 2001 along with those of Mr. Dow and Red’s very good friend, Jack Hallett.
During his career, Warner served as Director of the Michigan Society of Architects, and President of the The American Institute of Architects-Saginaw Valley Chapter. He was also an active community leader as a member of the Exchange Club, the Boy Scouts, the school district PTA, and as President of the Tri-City All-Breeds Horse Association.
After a long, active and joyful life of painting watercolors, sailing, fishing, tennis, snow skiing and caring for and feeding his beloved horses, dogs and garden, Red passed away in 2006 and his ashes now repose amongst those of his dear friends on Dahlia Hill.
Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM), a project of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, has been recognized by Docomomo US, as one of 10 winners of the 2019 Modernism in America Awards. The MCMM’s project to document and share Midland’s unique contribution to the Mid-Century Modern movement was awarded a Citation of Merit in the Survey and Inventory category.
MCMM undertook an expansive project in 2017 to identify, document, evaluate, and share Midland Michigan’s unique architectural heritage. The fruits of this labor, much of which was volunteer-based, was made available to the public in 2019 through a well-designed website and mobile app.
The 2019 Docomomo Jury proclaimed the work of MCMM, “A model project that could and should be replicated elsewhere.”
“This was definitely a team project. None of this would have been possible without the help of more than 30 volunteers who literally hit the streets and canvassed every structure within the city limits,” stated Carol Neff, Coordinator of MCMM.
The information collected by the volunteers was then verified by a review committee before being cataloged in a website database created by DCTree, LLC. The mobile app provides another avenue to the information in the database. It also includes a routing feature which allows users to customize tours. This component was created through a partnership with the University of Michigan’s Department of Industrial Operation Engineering, Practicum in Production and Service System Class.
Craig McDonald, Director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio commented, “We are thrilled that the architectural heritage of Midland is being recognized and celebrated by this award. This award assists us in achieving the recognition deserved by the architects, designer and craftsmen who created these amazing structures. Carol Neff’s coordination of our volunteers and project partners in addition to hundreds of hours of research and verification of information was paramount to the success of this project.”
Representatives of MCMM will be attending the Modernism in America Awards ceremony which will take place Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York City.
Docomomo US, a committee of Docomomo International, is dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape and design. Through advocacy, education and documentation, they provide leadership and knowledge by demonstrating the importance of modern design principles including the social context, technical merits, aesthetics and settings of these important pieces of American history.
Mid-Century Modern Midland presents:
The Latest and Greatest in Michigan Architecture
by Kristen Nyht AIA, AICP, LEED AP, President of AIA Michigan
Saturday May 4, 2019
at 10:30 am
in the Grace A. Dow Library Auditorium
During this free community event, Ms. Nyht will discuss the status of, and current trends she sees in architecture in the state of Michigan.
An accomplished professional with diverse skills, Kristen Nyht enjoys navigating and resolving complex architectural and urban planning challenges. She brings a clear vision, inventive design concepts, and a deep technical proficiency to each project she’s involved in for Quinn Evans Architects, a preeminent authority in preservation and sustainable stewardship, and plays an increasingly influential role in defining the future of the field.
Kristen has designed and managed many high-profile buildings for higher education, commercial, and institutional clients; and has been recognized for creating spaces that successfully balance context and function while meeting strict project parameters.
Kristen’s passion for architecture, which dates to her childhood, extends to her active leadership in the design profession. She currently serves as President at AIA Michigan, where she has volunteered for the past 7 years. Her community service and advocacy work has included Michigan’s Legacy Land Conservancy, the City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission, and the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative.
Mid-Century Modern Midland is excited to share the new MCMM logo, MCMM website, and MCMM mobile APP! This program took place at the Midland Center for the Arts and features presentations by Craig McDonald, Carol Neff, and Lance Rynearson.
Midland’s Treasure Trove of Mid-Century Modern Architecture
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/michigan/audio/2019/02/SS_20190212_McDonald_Midland_Mid_Century_Architecture.mp3 Listen to Michigan Radio's Stateside interview with Craig McDonald regarding "Midland's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture"
"From furniture showrooms to television shows like Mad Men, mid-century modern style has seen a renaissance in recent years. But for the people living in the city of Midland, those clean, sleek lines are a part of everyday life.
The city has an unusually large number of mid-century modern structures that include residential homes, doctor's offices, fire stations, churches, and businesses.
Stateside spoke with Craig McDonald, director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland, about the city's architectural treasures and the two-year effort to document them through the Mid-Century Modern Midland project.
Popularized from the 1930s through the 1960s, mid-century modern architecture emphasized functionality while simultaneously integrating beauty into the structural form. At its early arrival, the structures were avant-garde, seemingly futuristic, stressing a strong horizontal orientation with clean lines."
written by Stateside production assistant, Katie Raymond.
Residential Work of Jack P. Feagley – Self-Guided Tours
Mid-Century Modern Midland features the Residential Work of
Jack P. Feagley
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Advanced ticket sales only. You will not be able to purchase the day of the event.
Please join MCMM on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1-3pm, for self-guided tours, featuring two of Mr. Feagley’s residential designs. The tour includes both the Mr. and Mrs. Reinke Residence-1941, located at 33 Lexington Court Midland, MI 48642 and the Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Winters Residence-1961, Located at 4210 Andre St. Midland, MI 48642 (Guest to provide own transportation to homes)
Jack P. Feagley Biography:
Jack P. Feagley was born in 1930 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and lived most of his childhood in Easton,
Pennsylvania, where he attended grade school and middle school. He attended Billard Naval Academy in New London, Connecticut and was the art editor for his year book. He had an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, but was unable to go because he was color blind.
Jack then turned to another passion and pursued becoming an architect. He applied and was accepted to Penn State in 1950. While attending Penn State, Jack competed against 59 other contestants and won a competition sponsored by the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, to design a newspaper plant.
After graduating college in 1954, Jack went into the service and spent three years in Washington D.C. in the Corps of Engineers while simultaneously working for architect Hugh Moore Jr. so he could complete his commitment to take the boards in architecture. In January of 1957 he passed his exam and officially became a registered architect. By getting his registration in Washington D.C., through reciprocity, he could practice in any state in the country.
Together with his wife Doris and their young, growing family, Jack came to Midland in 1957 to work for architect Francis “Red” Warner and stayed at his firm until 1962. He designed several houses in Midland and the greater Mid-Michigan area. He then began working for Alden B. Dow Associates, Inc. and continued there for the next 21 years. During his time at the firm he researched and specified the materials for structures. In addition to being lead designer for projects like the Chemical Bank in Saginaw, he became the Chief Specifications Writer for the firm. Jack served the American Institute of Architecture – Saginaw Valley Chapter as Secretary 1969, Vice President 1970, President 1971 and Past President 1972.
“Cranbrook’s world-renowned campus is a treasure-trove of history, architecture, craftsmanship, design, and beauty. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the campus is a living collection of masterworks by architects such as Albert Kahn, Eliel Saarinen, Rafael Moneo, and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams. It isn’t just stunning architecture and sweeping vistas you will see at Cranbrook; the attention to design and detail by Cranbrook artisans are present in the intricate brickwork patterns in walkways and buildings, the ironwork of the gates, and the exquisite statuary that decorates the campus. The grounds of Cranbrook have been walked by some of the most influential people in the worlds of art and design, and the Schools and Academy of Art continue to educate innovative and creative minds.” Website
Our visit will include a tour of the Saarinen House, as well as a tour of the Arts & Crafts Court and the Boys’ School Campus. We will then enjoy a catered lunch in the Boys’ Dining Hall. Following lunch, we will have a Behind-the-Scenes Tourof the Collections Wing and some self-guided time to explore the Cranbrook Art Museum. We will return to Midland by approximately 5 pm.
We will meet at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
(315 Post Street) at 8:45 for 9 am departure.
We will have Motorcoach transportation to Bloomfield Hills and back.
The $95 cost includes round-trip transportation, tour fees and lunch.
For more information contact Carol Neff
A lecture by Constantine George Pappas, AIA
President - Constantine George Pappas, AIA Architecture/Planning
Recipient of the AIA Detroit Gold Medal
This free community event, will focus on "The start" when religious buildings were first created and how it transcends into today's interpretation of religious space and the city of Midland's richly woven religious architectural heritage.
St. John's Episcopal Church will host this lecture as part of their Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking 150 years of
The Episcopal Church in Midland, Michigan.
Join us on
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 pm in the sanctuary.
Lecture followed by question and answer time.
along with religious architectural drawings and photographs will be
on display in the fellowship hall.
No RSVP required
Defining an Architectural Canon From the Ground Up
Mid-Century Modern Midland’s efforts to document the cities architectural heritage is receiving national coverage from one of the Design Industries leading media sources! Please take some time to read and share “Defining an Architectural Canon From the Ground Up” By DWELL writer Caroline Wallis. Please leave a comment on the article to show your support for this project that will aid in the national recognition of Midland’s rich history and collection of great architecture and design.
Living Mid-Century Modernism: Growing Up in Midland and Beyond
Thank You! to everyone who was able to attend the Henry Whiting lecture last night. What a unique opportunity to learn about Henry’s relationship with his great-uncle, Alden B. Dow and the many ways Mr. Dow influenced Mr. Whiting’s life and career.
Henry Whiting II has had a life-long relationship with Mid-Twentieth Century architecture and design. The son of Helen Dow Whiting and Macauley Whiting, Henry was born in a Midland hospital, attended schools, worshiped in churches, interacted in civic buildings and most influentially, grew-up in a home all designed by his Great-Uncle, Alden B. Dow. This immersion into the design, beauty and the intersection of nature and structure, would have an everlasting impact on Whiting.
Whiting is returning home to Midland to share his unique journey in a public lecture titled “Living Mid-Century Modernism: Growing Up in Midland and Beyond”
Alden B. Dow and Grand Nephew Henry Whiting II, 1982
Running through the wooded property surrounding his family home on Eastman Avenue, now known as Whiting Forest, Henry was constantly awed by the beauty of nature and how masterfully his great-uncle had created structures that were extensions of nature. “Alden influenced me in so many ways. His own home and studio, in particular the floating conference room, is the most beautiful space I have ever experienced. I remain in awe of it. What young person could not love a building with so many levels, corners and angles, not to mention a theater and scale trains running through it?” Whiting reflected.
1947 - The Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Residence by Alden B. Dow.
It will be the new Visitor Center for the Whiting Forest.
Whiting left Midland to attend high school at the Cranbrook Academy, where he experienced the beauty and all-encompassing vision of another great architect, Eliel Saarinen. With a focus on art, architecture, sculpture and nature, Cranbrook was an extension of his upbringing in Midland. “I originally wanted to attend Cranbrook, which both of my parents had attended, to be closer to my paternal grandparents. When I first went there, it looked so old fashioned to me when compared to Alden’s architecture, but gradually I came to appreciate the beauty and organic coherence of its design. The whole campus is a piece of art in and of itself. The totality of Cranbrook’s beauty would impact me and reinforce all of the ideas that were created by my Uncle Alden in Midland. The fact that it is architecturally perhaps the most famous high school in the country, and one of the epicenters of Mid-Century Modern design, can only be attributed to fate or destiny for me.”
These combined experiences encouraged Whiting to study the relationship of nature and structure together and took him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study landscape architecture. In his second semester at Wisconsin, Whiting took a course in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. With such close proximity to Frank Lloyd Wright's home Taliesin, in Spring Green, Whiting began his in-depth study of Wright's architecture, an interest which was strongly encouraged by his great-uncle and enhanced by their lengthy conversations back in Midland. “Incredible conversations with Alden began when I was at Cranbrook and we talked about many topics including the Dow Gardens, architectural publication and design. Once I began researching Mr. Wright, our conversation would center on the time that Alden and Vada spent as Charter Members of the Taliesin Fellowship in 1933 and Wright’s work and influence.”
After university, Whiting moved to Idaho to help with the design and construction of the retirement house that his parents were building in Sun Valley. Almost immediately, he discovered the only work by Frank Lloyd Wright in Idaho, the Archie B. Teater Studio, which he purchased five years later and began the first in a series of extensive renovations.
1957- Archie B. Teater Studio by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The structure is perched about 300 feet above the Snake River between the towns of Bliss and Hagerman. It is a dynamic and soaring combination of wood, glass, concrete and stone. The elaborate one-room structure is shaped like a parallelogram that follows a diamond grid pattern. It is believed to be the only studio Wright designed other than his own.
Whiting has devoted his life to the preservation of this incredible structure and the appreciation of Wright’s work. His loving care of the Teater Studio, which has been his home for the last 35 years, has initiated great friendships with many renowned architects like Bart Prince, E. Fay Jones and John Lautner. His shared passion for great design with these architects, in addition to his close relationship with Dow, have placed him uniquely in the world of Mid-Century Modern architecture.
With extensive knowledge of both Mid-Century architecture and Wright’s work, Whiting has written two books, At Nature's Edge: Frank Lloyd Wright's Artist Studio and Teater’s Knoll: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Idaho Legacy along with numerous articles about the studio. Whiting lectures across the United States on what it is like to live in Mid-Century Modern design and speaks on the significance and importance of preserving this uniquely American design movement.
Whiting is returning home to Midland to share his unique journey in a public lecture titled “Living Mid-Century Modernism: Growing Up in Midland and Beyond” The lecture is sponsored by Mid-Century Modern Midland and will be held on April 25th at 7pm, at The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium and is open to the public. Admission is free.
“Though Alden was the patriarch and leader of the community of Midland in the 1960’s and 1970’s, his influence was felt throughout the community, it was fascinating to watch how this influence rubbed off on other individuals, particularly architects and artists. His office spawned many other architects in the community, whose work was also beautiful and compatible with his own.” Commented Whiting on Midland’s Mid-Century Modern architectural heritage.
“Being away from Midland for most of my adult life gives me perspective that many in the community might not have. I appreciate Midland as a unique, one of a kind town. I often compare it with Columbus, Indiana, which is very similar, and justly world-famous for its architecture. But Midland is different in an important way: whereas Columbus has had many different, famous architects from all over the world working in its community, resulting in a tremendous variety of buildings, they are not necessarily compatible or harmonious. Midland, with its 130 Alden Dow buildings and a nearly equal number of Mid-Century Modern buildings by architects, most of whom worked in his office, has a harmony and cohesion which is completely different, and to my eye, much more appealing as a whole. This quality is easy to take for granted when living with it every day. I hope to shine light on this uniqueness in my talk, and to pay a debt of gratitude, for my life would not have been the same without growing up in Midland.”
MCMM Requests Homeowner’s Participation in Future Homewalks
MCMM is looking for three Mid-Century Modern homes to be on a home walk in late July and Zonta is looking for two to three Mid-Century Modern homes for December. If you have interest in sharing your home, please call Carol at MCMM 989.839.2744.
Thank You to all who attended the March 25th meeting!
THANK YOU to all who were able to attend the March 25th meeting at the United Church of Christ. Whether you volunteered to be a scanner, an architect researcher, or to work on programming ideas (several of you are involved in more than one area! ) we greatly appreciate your enthusiasm, suggestions and involvement in these new endeavors. Despite the rainy weather, there was great excitement among the more than 60 people in attendance.
If you were not able to attend but are interested in being involved in one or more of these areas, please contact Carol Neff at 989-839-2744 or email her at email@example.com
Looking forward to our continued work to document and promote the city of Midland as an architectural destination!
Mid-Century Modern Midland Meeting to be held at United Church of Christ a 1962 design by Schwartz and Blacklock
We have been gathering information and are ready to implement the documentation of Midland's mid-century architecture and the architects that designed it. Please join us at our upcoming meeting as we begin this journey.
Saturday, March 25th 2017
10am-12pm United Church of Christ
4100 Chestnut Hill Drive, Midland, MI 48640 RSVP by Friday, March 24th
phone:989-839-2744 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Architect of Original Structure: Charles Blacklock and Robert Schwartz Year Built: 1962 (groundbreaking) 1964 (dedication) Square footage of Original Building: Approximately 3600 square feet
From the first moment you see this dynamic structure it invokes interest and exploration. Masterfully woven into its surroundings, the building is a stunning example of organic, Mid-Twentieth Century Design. The architects, Robert Schwartz and Charles Blacklock created a soaring structure that is open and free while at the same time comforting and intimate. It is a masterful combination of innovative materials, new technologies and daring and playful artistry.
The roof over the sanctuary is a hyperbolic paraboloid supported by two buttresses. The roof spans 148 feet from point to point and the buttresses are 80 feet apart. Each buttress contains 45 yards of concrete and 10 tons of reinforcing steel; the buttresses are held together beneath the floor by a reinforced concrete beam. The roof contains 157 tons of light-weight concrete reinforced with 23 tons of steel. It was done in one continuous pour, with trucks coming from all over the area all day.
The windows in the sanctuary are clear glass which ties the building to the outside world. Each season of the year provides a beautiful canvas for the worship space. The color scheme in the sanctuary is based on the liturgical colors, and includes purple carpet and red pews. This same color scheme is used throughout the building
Mid-Michigan Modern: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow and More
About the Lecture:
Mid-Michigan Modern: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow and More
Lecture By: Susan Bandes
Author of Mid-Michigan Modern From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie
1:00pm at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium followed by a book signing in the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Community Room.
Free Lecture that is open to the public.
Join us, as Susan Bandes discusses her interest and desire to document, and define Mid-Century Modern architecture and the impact it had on the Greater Lansing area reaching into the greater Mid-Michigan region. Learn about the architects that contributed to the growth, development and impact, including Midland's Alden B. Dow F.A.I.A.
About the Book:
From 1940 to 1970 mid-Michigan had an extensive and varied legacy of modernist architecture. While this book explores buildings by renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, and the Keck brothers, the text—based on archival research and oral histories—focuses more heavily on regional architects whose work was strongly influenced by international modern styles. The reader will see a picture emerge in the portrayal of buildings of various typologies, from residences to sacred spaces. The automobile industry, state government, and Michigan State University served as the economic drivers when the mid-Michigan area expanded enormously in the growing optimism and increasing economic prosperity after World War II. Government, professional associations, and private industry sought an architectural style that spoke to forward-looking, progressive ideals. Smaller businesses picked a Prairie style that made people feel comfortable. Modernist houses reflected the increasingly informal American lifestyle rooted in the automobile culture. With a detailed narrative discussing more than 130 buildings and enriched by 150 illustrations, this text is a vibrant start at reclaiming the history of mid-Michigan modernist architecture.
About the Author: Professor of Art History, Department of Art, Art History and Design, Michigan State University
DWELL magazine is a design and technology brand of media that is bridging the gap between modern design professionals and enthusiasts. They have launched a new interactive website that will allow members to create image collections, read articles on modern design, while building a community with virtual discussion rooms. Midland's Alden B. Dow Home and Studio has partnered with DWELL. They would love your help building their following. Sign up is free. Start your own collections for anything from restoration projects, design elements, to bucket lists of places to visit in the future. There is a whole world of Mid-Century Modern waiting to be explored and this new site is a gateway to finding what you've been missing.
Midland Celebrates Mid-Century Modern this Holiday Season 36th Annual Zonta Homewalk
Mid-Century Modern Midland
featuring the works of:
Alden B. Dow, Jackson B. Hallet, Robert E. Schwartz, and E. “Red” Warner
December 3-4, 2016
36th Annual Zonta Homewalk
Advanced tickets $15.00/$20 the day of Walk.
Tickets purchased prior to November 15th will be mailed to you.
Tickets purchased after November 16th you will need to pick up the day of at the Midland Center for the Arts Zonta Table.
As a courtesy to the homeowners, please read the following guidelines:
All Children over one year old must have a ticket to accompany their parents on the tour.
Please remove your shoes upon entering each home. Slip-on shoes recommended.
No Cameras, no cell phone use and no smoking, please.
Please do not touch furniture or items in the homes.
You may tour all in one day or break up the pleasure over the two-day Homewalk weekend.
Your ticket entitles you to entrance on either day, once at each home and at our rest stop.
William Broucek Residence
Alden B. Dow Residence
Leland Doan Residence
Midland Center For The Arts - Rest Stop and Ticket Pick up if reserving after November 15th.