Lewis Stevens

Lewis Everett Stevens was one of the first employees of the Alden B. Dow Studio, and perhaps the first architect to bounce out of the Studio. In 1933 Alden and Vada Dow spent 8 months at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s school of architecture in Wisconsin. When they returned to Midland they brought two Taliesin Fellows, Lewis Everett Stevens and Robert Goodall, to work as draftsmen in the Alden Dow Studio. Lewis Stevens’ identified body of work in Midland consists of just two houses. The John and Pat Zimmerman house at 2825 Chippewa Lane was designed in December, 1935 for a Mr. Otis. The original drawings remain with the house. On the authority of Ned Arbury, the house at 1502 Crane Court was also designed by Stevens; City records indicate the house was built in 1935. Both Stevens and Robert Goodall roomed with Ned’s mother, Mrs. A.S. Arbury, on McGregor Street. Stevens presumably left Midland in the mid-1930s.

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