About the Lecture:
Mid-Michigan Modern: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow and More
Lecture By: Susan Bandes
Mid-Michigan Modern From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie
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.
The Michael L. Dow Residence
Lansing Central Public Library
The Goetsch-Winkler Residence
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
Director, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State
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.
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
To Purchase Tickets:
Scroll to the bottom of this page and select the 1:00 tour option.
tickets $15.00 pre-sale/$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.
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