The architecture of Alden B. Dow /

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Main Author: Robinson, Sidney K., 1943-
Format: Book
Published:Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 1983.
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Main Author:Robinson, Sidney K., 1943-

The first comprehensive review of the architecture of Alden B. Dow, the book examines Dow's singular approach to design of private houses and public buildings. Dow produced buildings with carefully balanced contrasts of texture, color, geometry, and volume. Beginning in the 1903s, the early years of modern architecture, Dow used square concrete blocks of his own design, geometric patterns, and landscape material to create designs that embody Picturesque principles.

The son of the founder of Dow Chemical Company, Dow found a receptive clientele n Midland, Michigan, where over three-quarters of his work is located. He was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, but his statements on aesthetic and the philosophy of the individual recorded in this volume show an independent and thoughtful mind.

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Physical Description:xi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-148) and index.
0814317219 (pbk.)
9780814317211 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Sidney K. Robinson is associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University in Ames. He studies as an undergraduate at the School of Architecture on Columbia University and received his doctoral degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He is a registered architect in Michigan and a member of the A.I.A. and the Society of Architectural Historians. He is co-author of a monograph about the Prairie School in Iowa and of several articles in architectural journals.

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