Alden B. Dow works at his drafting table in 1937, the year he wins the Diplome de Grand Prix for residential architecture at the Paris International Exposition. The fifth of Herbert and Grace Dow's seven children, Alden graduated from Midland High School and studied chemical and mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan before leaving for the Columbia University School of Architecture. In 1933, he spent a summer as a Taliesin Fellow under the tutelage of Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he struck up a lifelong friendship.  Photo 2 of 8 in Alden B. Dow: The Mastermind of Midwestern Modernism
In the first drafting room, a row of windows on the northern facade provides illumination for the drafting tables below. The chairs are original, while the desks are reproductions of the flat tabletops that allowed Dow to offer suggestions as he walked down the aisle.  Photo 4 of 8 in Alden B. Dow: The Mastermind of Midwestern Modernism
One of the most stunning moments in the studio is the conference room, otherwise known as the Submarine Room, which is embedded 18 inches below the surface of the pond. Here, Dow met with his clients, immersing them in the idea that nature and architecture are intimately connected. Says McDonald,  Photo 3 of 8 in Alden B. Dow: The Mastermind of Midwestern Modernism
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