January 27, 2022

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

MIDLAND, MI — There’s a new mid-century modern-themed bar and lounge opening soon at the…

MIDLAND, MI — There’s a new mid-century modern-themed bar and lounge opening soon at the Midland Center for the Arts.

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

The lounge features cozy and retro mid-century furniture, historical photos and artifacts, and rotating entertainment centered around the height of the movement in the 1950s and 1960s, according to a Midland Center for the Arts news release.

“Stepping into the Pendulum Lounge will take guests back to the middle of the 20th century for small plates and hearty offerings, featuring American classics with an elevated twist like meatloaf, deconstructed deviled eggs, and more paired with signature cocktails, 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 trivia and more to be announced.”

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

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

“His lasting stamp on the world of architecture, and specifically hundreds of mid-century modern homes and buildings in Midland, continues in our community today with a maintained passion for mid-century modern design, neighborhood architecture tours and frequent visitors of the renowned Alden B. Dow Home & Studios.”

Terri Trotter is president and CEO of 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 patrons, the Center for the Arts is excited to open the Pendulum Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience for specialty cocktails and small plates 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. March 4 and every Thursday evening after. The Center is limiting the number of guests in the space to accommodate adequate social distancing, along with thoroughly sanitizing between parties of no more than six people. In addition to these best practices, the Center has installed air scrubbers to remove more than 99% of potential disease-causing pathogens, the release states.

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