WELCOME TO THE FROST HOUSE
Join us on our journey of discovery, and in our day-to-day adventures
of a mid-century modern prefabricated aluminum + steel + glass house.
It’s a little bit of california modern in the mid-west.
Alside Homes Corp.
Learn more about the short history of Alside Homes Corp.
1961-1964 [manufacturing for 10 months].
Learn about Emil Tessin,
the architect and engineer behind Alside Homes.
Alside Homes – Locator
It is thought that ninety-four Alside Homes were built.
This is our pursuit to find them.
“In all its optimism and predictability, prefabricated housing was once the hopeful icon of a modern future—with floor plans that laid out a scheme of public harmony and glossy mail-order catalogs that presented placid scenes of domestic living. But since its zenith in the early years of the twentieth century, the glowing possibilities of the prefabricated abode have long since dimmed. Now preferring the bespoke to the standardized, homeowners have deemed the housing typology, with its rigidly defined comforts, a thing of the past. But for Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, one mid-century prefab design in Michigan City, Indiana, spoke not of uniformity, but uniqueness.” read more here …
“What you don’t want to miss at Modernism Week 2018 ….. And if you want to get a sense of what it’s like to live in a mid-century time capsule, …… presentation on the Frost House, a 1958 prefabricated display home that has been relatively untouched since it first went on the market in Indiana.” read more here …
“Shortly after Valentine and Coscarelli purchased the home in 2016, they began to unearth nuggets of information about its pedigree. Their realtor had provided a brochure that identified the prefab as designed by architect Emil Tessin for the now-defunct Alside Homes Corporation based out of Akron, Ohio, which had held a patent for the structure’s aluminum paneling.” read more here …
“We knew we wanted to preserve this time capsule – it was too perfect to touch,” they said. “Changing the house in the condition it was in would be the equivalent of buying a Piet Mondrian painting to reuse as a canvas.” – read more here …
“Constructed of steel and aluminum modules in different colors, the Frost House winks at passing drivers like a Mondrian painting in the middle of a forest.” read more here …