As part of the month-long Art & Sol Celebration the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio will be conducting an exceptional tour of Midland's Houses of Faith entitled Light from Above that will take place on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 noon - 4:00 PM.
This hands-on exploration of nine of the most architecturally significant Houses of Faith in the Midland community will allow patrons to tour both the interior and exterior of these incredibly rendered structures that represent the wonderful diversity of Midland's faith community and also obtain a deeper appreciation of the beauty that is created with a variety of architectural styles blended throughout the community.
Participants can start their tour by selecting one of the nine Houses of Faith to visit first and upon their arrival will receive a guide booklet that provides background on each structure. Tour guides will be on-hand to assist with questions during the tour. According to Craig McDonald,Director at the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, allotting 20 minutes to explore each of these houses of faith plus travel time will give people the best chance to view and absorb all nine of these structures.
Given that the community of Midland is blessed to have over 100 churches rising throughout the expanse of the community, according to McDonald it was a definite challenge to narrow this special tour down to nine structures. “Basically, we assembled a respected team of 60 architects that developed a set of criteria to assess each church based upon craftsmanship and detail. What is amazing is that this region is gifted to serve as the home for some of the most iconic buildings in the world.”
With many of the structures representative of mid-century modern design motifs, McDonald adds that many of these featured Houses of Faith possess an incredible quality of materials and design and each stand on their own merits with a singular strength.
McDonald also feels that the entire concept of Art & Sol is a benefit to the region. “There is so much artistry happening in the Great Lakes Bay area and so many organizations striving to showcase creativity that by presenting a celebration that can be collectively supported and promoted can only contribute to greater attention of what we have to offer in this region.
Featured churches in the Light From Above tour will consist of: Memorial Presbyterian (1310 Ashman St); St. John's Episcopal (405 N. Saginaw Rd.); Trinity Lutheran (3701 S. Jefferson Rd.); St. John's Lutheran (505 Carpenter St); First United Methodist (315. W. Larkin St.);United Church of Christ (4100 Chestnut Hill Dr.); Blessed Sacrament (3109 Swede Ave.); Poseyville Methodist (1849 S. Poseyville Rd.); and Holy Scripture Lutheran (4525 W. Main St.)
Admission is free to the public.