Meeting Notes

March 25th power point presentation

Thank you! to all that attended the March 25th meeting at UCC. After a brief introduction in the sanctuary we broke into groups dedicated to creating programming, researching Architects and Architecture Documenting.

Programming

Program Ideas:

Education

Create a Poke man-like game about the architecture to play

Create a series of articles that capture the personal/family stories behind the architecture

Original homeowner story (Gloria Jacobus Olson to be first)

Create Professional Development Credit opportunities for College/University Instructors

Connect happenings and events to the CVB and Midland Area Marketing Partnership

Social Media Opportunities: Create a U-Tube page for building owners to share tours of their structures

Have product and resources listings on Website

Potentially reinstate Elderhostel Program

Connect with corporate programs

Corporate Art Programs, Corporate Building Tours,

Include Architectural History into welcome packet for Dow, others

Listings for Real Estate Companies

Work with City of Midland to have Architect field added to assessor information

Have a “Reunion” tour and other specialty tours created around the city

Educational Programs for Adults like Theory of Knowledge Class

Expand on offerings for schools outside of the region

Larger Building-Owners Meeting for ALL Mid-Century Modern building owners

Trips

Oak Park, Cranbrook, Columbus Indiana, Chicago, Repeat some of the ABD Staff Trips

Pre and Post education for trips

Tours

Annual Building Tours- Zonta-like tour weekend

Open House Tours- few number of houses, more frequently

Combined Art and Architecture Tours

Potential Rail Trail Connection

Biking Tours

Apps for tours of all kinds

Printed Maps

Business/Office Tours

Many self-guided tours but eventually a guided city tour

Topic for Lectures

Color, Craftsmanship, Restoration, A successful addition or modification, Landscaping, Interiors

Small Spaces

Events

Homeowners Events for all Mid-Century

Booklet about Preservation/Maintenance/Resources

Book Reads

Gathering in homes for intimate Soirees

Traveling Exhibit of Midland’s Architecture


Have a “Reunion” tour and other specialty tours created around the city

Educational Programs for Adults like Theory of Knowledge Class

Expand on offerings for schools outside of the region

Larger Building-Owners Meeting for ALL Mid-Century Modern building owners

 

ARCHITECTS:

As a way to document the architects who contributed the architectural Heritage of Midland, we have compiled a list of employees that worked for Alden B. Dow and other architects that we know designed structures in Midland.  We know this list will grow and change as we gain more knowledge.

Click here for Architects list for researchers 

If you have contact information for any of these individuals or their families,  can you please contact our office.  We would like to make contact with as many of them as possible to see if they would be willing to assist in our documenting process.

If you would like to collect information on one or more of these individuals, please contact us. We are assigning one volunteer to each architect/designer.  The names that are highlighted in yellow have already been assigned to a volunteer.

You can contact Carol Neff at 989-839-2744 or email her at Neff@midcenturymidland.org

Architecture Documenting

We gave instructions to volunteers on how to access the new Architects database and Architecture database for online digital recording.  To proceed to database* click here.

*A special pass code was given to volunteers attending the meeting.  If you couldn’t make it to the meeting but would still like to be a part of this documenting process please email your contact information to mcmm@abdow.org  Carol Neff will contact you with more information on how to proceed.