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John S. Whitman House
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Location 2407 Manor, Midland, Michigan
Area less than one acre
Built 1934 (1934)
Architect Alden B. Dow
Architectural style International Style
MPS Residential Architecture of Alden B. Dow in Midland 1933--1938 MPS
NRHP reference No. 89001440
Added to NRHP December 4, 1989

The John S. Whitman House is a single-family home located at 2407 Manor Street in Midland, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.


John Whitman was a former mayor of Midland (serving from 1921-1930). Whitman was also involved in several local businesses, including one which manufactured unit blocks for architect Alden B. Dow. Late in 1934, Whitman hired Dow to design a unit block house to sit on this corner lot. Dow completed the house design by the end of 1934. The house was constructed in 1935. The design later won the grand prize for residential architecture at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris, an event which brought recognition to the young Dow.


The John S. Whitman House is constructed as three long and narrow rectangular blocks, stacked atop of the other. The overall look is strongly horizontal, balanced with vertical lines from the embossed chimney, a patio window and bay windows on one side. The entrance is within a small, recessed door near the garage.

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