Midland’s new mid-century modern bar and lounge, a nod to Alden B. Dow’s legacy


MIDLAND, MI – A new mid-century themed bar and lounge will soon open at the Midland Center for the Arts.

The Pendulum Lounge, which will open Thursday evening March 4, and located near the main entrance to the Midland Center for the Arts and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, will offer a mid-century modern-inspired atmosphere, cocktails and small plates.

The living room features comfortable, retro mid-century furniture, historic photos and artifacts, and rotating entertainment focused on the height of movement in the 1950s and 1960s, according to a press release from the Midland Center for the Arts. .

Entering the Pendulum Lounge will take guests back to the mid-20th century for small plates and hearty dishes, featuring American classics with an elevated twist like meatloaf, deconstructed stuffed eggs and more paired with cocktails, of wine and beer, ”the release states. “Guests can expect a rotating array of live music and themed activities like smooth jazz featuring regional musicians, live visual artist demonstrations, mid-century modern anecdotes and much more to be announced.

Midland is known for its mid-century modern architecture. It is dotted with hundreds of mid-century modern homes and buildings designed by Alden B. Dow, who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and the son of Dow Chemical Co. founder Herbert Dow and Grace Dow.

“Over 50 years ago, an innovative and prolific architect used his vision and creativity to transform the world of architecture, energize the mid-century modern design movement and leave a legacy of his work in the community from Midland. Alden B. Dow, architect and philosopher behind the construction of the Midland Center for the Arts, developed the region’s cultural destination for the exploration of art, science and history which completed its construction in 1971, ”the statement read.

“His lasting imprint on the architectural world, and in particular on hundreds of mid-century modern homes and buildings in Midland, continues in our community today with a continued passion for mid-century modern design. , neighborhood architecture tours and frequent visitors to the famous Alden B. Dow Home & Studios. “

Terri Trotter is President and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts, located at 1801 W. St. Andrews Road.

“As we continue to find ways to engage our community, embrace our history and origins, and create exciting offerings for our guests, the Arts Center is thrilled to open the Pendulum Lounge, a new bar and a cocktail lounge experience with a connection to what makes our building unique – mid-century modern design and architecture, ”Trotter said in a statement.

The new Pendulum Lounge will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 4 and every Thursday evening thereafter. The Center limits the number of guests in the space to allow adequate social distancing, as well as complete disinfection between groups of up to six people. In addition to these best practices, the Center has installed air cleaners to remove more than 99% of potentially pathogenic pathogens, the statement said.

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