The largest non-estate gift in the center's history will support construction of an $8.5 million facility featuring waterfront living quarters for sixty students during the school year and apartments for summer Arts Camp faculty. Completing the goals laid out in a three-decade master plan for the woodland campus, the facility will also serve as temporary quarters for visiting artists and performers throughout the year. In recognition of the gift and the family's longtime support of Interlochen, the facility will be named the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow House.
In 1960, Alden Dow, the architect son of Herbert and Grace Dow, helped develop Interlochen's first master plan. The foundation also has supported the Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts, the Music Center, the Interlochen Center's endowment, Interlochen Public Radio, and the Dow Science Building.
"This gift and the new facility represent a defining moment for Interlochen," said Interlochen Center for the Arts president Trey Devey. "Through the residence hall, we'll be able to reach our enrollment goals and accommodate more deserving, talented young artists at Interlochen, while achieving a new competitive edge in recruiting outstanding faculty for [Arts] Camp. Through the adjoining visiting artist suites, we'll be able to attract world-renowned visiting artists to our campus year-round."