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Midland's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture

From furniture show rooms to television shows like Mad Men, mid-century modern style has seen a renaissance in recent years. But for the people living in the city of Midland, those clean, sleek lines are a part of everyday life.

The city has an unusually large number of mid-century modern structures that include residential homes, doctor's offices, fire stations, churches, and businesses. 

Stateside spoke with Craig McDonald, director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland, about the city's architectural treasures and the two-year effort to document them through the Mid-Century Modern Midland project.  

Popularized from the 1930s through the 1960s, mid-century modern architecture emphasized functionality while simultaneously integrating beauty into the structural form. At its early arrival, the structures were avant-garde, seemingly futuristic, stressing a strong horizontal orientation with clean lines. 

Scroll through the slideshow above to see and read more about the mid-century structures that are sprinkled throughout Midland. If you're interested in visiting the city's mid-century modern buildings, you can plot out a self-guided tour on the group's Mid-Century Modern Midland mobile app. 

This post was written by Stateside production assistant Katie Raymond. 

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