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Alden B. Dow Home and Studio 2018 Autumn Reflections Tours

 
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Paul Ringstrom



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Location: Mason City, IA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:42 pm    Post subject: Alden B. Dow Home and Studio 2018 Autumn Reflections Tours Reply with quote

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
2018 Autumn Reflections Tours
October 6, 2018
Please reserve online at
www.abdow.org or call 989.839.2744
to book your tour.

Alden B. Dow Renovated

"As I see it, real housing should be a living, growing part of us and not a sterile machine. Real housing is not a place to hibernate, it is a place for individuals to grow." Alden B. Dow

Alden B. Dow was a master at understanding people and meeting their creative, individual needs by designing environments that enhanced their quality of life. He was the first person to change or modify something if it added to improving the function or beauty of a structure, thereby improving the quality of life for those who inhabited it. Please join us as we experience incredible examples of homes designed by Dow, but updated, modified and renovated by current owners to meet patterns in living while enhancing the design concepts of this master architect and philosopher.



James T. Pardee Residence, 1936
812 West Main Street
Midland, MI 48640


Charles Morrison Residence, 1939
806 West St. Andrews Street
Midland, MI 48640


William Schuette Residence, 1958
3403 Valley Drive
Midland, MI 48640
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my view, if significant historic architecture is to mean anything to future admirers of the work, modifications to that work by the architect, not by
subsequent owners without input from that architect, should be a defining criterion. Is conflating the two, equating the one with the other, the kind
of representation one expects from responsible promoters of historic architecture ?

Altered works of art bring little interest at auction or exhibition, and their value is significantly reduced in the market. Should artistic architecture be
held to a different standard ?

SDR
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The FLW design that would warrant review in that context would be Sondern-Adler, the earlier almost lost within the latter.

Of the Dow houses listed above, the only one I am familiar with is Pardee, one of the block designs, and a handsome one.

Dow also designed one of the few A-frame houses (Ashmun) that I find interesting. I believe it was on a FLWBC Conference tour some years back.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
Altered works of art bring little interest at auction or exhibition, and their value is significantly reduced in the market. Should artistic architecture be held to a different standard? SDR


This used to be the case in the automotive world, but RestoMods have risen to prominence vs. the all-original versions at the current auctions.

They are now building all-new 65-67 Mustangs with all the modern conveniences wrapped in period style sheetmetal and priced to compete, and exceed, with the fully restored originals.

Kind of sounds like the FLW FDN Archive program.
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