Contact: Nancy Deromedi
a2modern will host an open house and presentation of Alden Dow’s architectural legacy on October 13, 2013 from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
September 17, 2013, Ann Arbor, Mich. – a2modern celebrates modern architecture and design on Sunday, October 13, 2013 with a discussion of Alden Dow’s architectural legacy in Michigan including his work in Ann Arbor. Craig McDonald, Director of the Alden Dow Home and Studio in Midland, MI will provide an overview of Dow’s work including those in Ann Arbor as well as on the University of Michigan Campus. Following the presentation will be a tour of Dow’s Morris House (1965) on Regent Drive and a door prize give-away.
Alden Dow’s first Ann Arbor residential commission, in 1932, was designed for his sister Margaret and her husband, U-M physician Harry Towsley in Ann Arbor Hills. Over the next thirty-six years, Dow designed seventeen more Ann Arbor buildings; by the 1960s, the high regard for his work helped him land the administrative buildings contracts for both the city of Ann Arbor and the U-M: the Larcom Municipal Building (1961) and the Fleming Administration Building (1964) respectively.
Grace Shackman, a2modern Historian, interviewed the original owners of the private residence featured on the tour – the Morris House. In the early 1960s, Joe Morris, on the advice of Harry Towsley, wrote Dow to ask if he would be interested in designing a home for the Morris family. Dow responded by inviting Morris to Midland for lunch. The Morrises waited two years before Dow had time to work on their house.
Space is limited for this event on the architectural legacy of Alden Dow. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used for the development of new a2modern tours and programming for 2014. Visit www.a2modern.org for more details.
Cost $25/ person