Lakefront Living – October 2018

 

Thank-you Lakefront Living for featuring us in the local Magazine and naming us a ‘local landmark’. We are working towards having the house listed on the National Historic Registry, and making good progress. In the meantime – we will accept your kind words of adding us to a list of other local historic landmarks. Also thank-you to the lovely locals that have reached out to us with stories of your own about the house, we love hearing them.

Minimalist Modern: Integration of architecture & landscape – Oct 6th – 2018

We are looking forward to our next home-tour event for 2018, coming up on Oct 6th. Sadly, this will be the last one for 2018, but stay tuned for more events in 2019.

This upcoming event will be hosted by Fernwood Botanical Garden + Buchanan Preservation Society, both are located in nearby Buchanan Michigan. If you haven’t been to this part of the world – we recommend the visit: the gardens are lovely [we adore the Patrick Dougherty Living sculpture]; and Buchanan is a picture perfect piece of Americana with two current National Register Historic Districts.

Here are the details:  

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Join us for a special talk and reception at Michigan City’s fabulous mid-century modern prefab, The Frost House.

Michigan City, Indiana October 6, 2018 4 to 6pm Central 5 to 7pm Eastern

$45/person $80/couple

Exclusive evening for members of Fernwood Botanical Garden and the Buchanan Preservation Society. Tickets are limited for this special event.

Call 269-695-6491 for tickets and more details.

Please note: The Tour is for Fernwood Botantical Garden+ Buchanan Preservation Society members only. If you are not a member you can join or renew you memberships on their websites listed above.

We hope to see you there, as we chat over some nibbles and refreshments.

Soho House + Grey Goose Pool Party

We had a wonderful time partnering with Soho House Chicago and with our party sponsor Grey Goose hosting a summer soiree with Soho House Members. Everyone got to enjoy a private tour of the home and then sat down to a BBQ feast served family style on the back lawn. In between tours and feasting there were plenty of Grey Goose – Vodka cocktails served. Guest enjoyed their cocktails with some croquet of the lawn, swimming + lounging by the pool, meanwhile we soaked in and admired the serious display of period appropriate attire [caftans + turbans], we love even more that some brought, and made, wardrobe changes. If only every Saturday in summer had a soiree like this, we will just keep dreaming and in the meantime will share some of our favorite photos from the event.

Grey Goose – Cocktail Options [Soho House Chicago Photography]
Pool right before the guest arrived. [Soho House Chicago Photography]
Dinner table [Soho House Chicago Photography]
Here are a few more photos taken by Bob Coscarelli.

 

Lake Michigan – Mod Tour – Aug 18th 2018

We are excited to partner with Indiana Landmarks to host a home tour of the The Frost House this August 18th – 2018. We will be last on the tour so come join us for a drink by the pool. To attend you must be a member of Indiana Modern and/or Indiana Landmarks. We hope to see you there. Details can be found here.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018

1 – 5 p.m. Central (local) time; 2 – 6 p.m. Eastern time
Sites in Long Beach and Michigan City

Sponsored by Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks.

Please note: The Lake Michigan Mod Tour is for Indiana Landmarks members only.Not a member? Join or renew at indianalandmarks.org/membership.

Lake Michigan Mod offers you the opportunity to tour modern landmarks in Long Beach and Michigan City on August 18, 2018. The tour, which is open only to members of Indiana Modern and Indiana Landmarks, begins 1 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. Eastern Time), at the 1937 Coolspring School near Michigan City, designed by architect John Lloyd Wright. Son of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, John was a distinguished architect in his own right—and the inventor of Lincoln Logs—who lived in nearby Long Beach for more than 20 years.

Next you’ll visit the 1931 Long Beach Town Hall, also designed by John Lloyd Wright. Once threatened with demolition and on our 10 Most Endangered Landmarks list, the International-style Town Hall instead was enlarged with an architecturally compatible addition. Stay tuned because we hope to add a private home in Long Beach, perhaps another Wright design.

From 3-5 p.m. Central Time (4-6 p.m. Eastern Time), you can tour and enjoy refreshments at the Frost House in Michigan City as the guest of owners Bob Coscarelli and Karen Valentine. The couple bought the Mondrian-like house from descendants of Dr. Robert and Amelia Frost who built the house in 1964. Famed furniture designer Paul McCobb assisted manufacturer Alside Homes with the interior design elements. Coscarelli and Valentine’s purchase included most of the original Knoll furnishings. The house was featured in Dwell, WELT and Indianapolis Monthly magazines following the couple’s restoration. They’ll lead tours followed by cocktails around the newly installed pool.

 

 

German – WELT – Feature

Thank-you WELT for the feature article this weekend, we are so thankful for the interest our prefabricated house is receiving from around the globe. WELT – originally called “Die Welt was founded in Hamburg in 1946 by the British occupying forces, aiming to provide a “quality newspaper” modelled on The Times”. It is a large german publication, and has been recognized as recognized as one of the “World’s Best-Designed Newspapers” by the Society for News Design. We feel honored for the featured.

Here is a google translate of the article …. not sure if it is correct … but here goes:

Homestory: Preserving Instead of Modernizing – A House Like a Time Capsule

Black grids, rectangular areas of color in red, blue or yellow: when you first see the rows of cubes between the large, shady deciduous trees, you inevitably think of the abstract works of Piet Mondrian.

He led the art people art people into the promised land of abstraction

But this is not about Dutch art, but about American design – and legendary: The so-called “Frost House”, a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan, is one of the rare so-called “Modular Houses”, a prefabricated house from the 1960s years. The special thing about it: The modern construction – consisting of a steel framework, in which glass walls and aluminum plates were used – can be put together in a very short time.

All the more beautiful that the house, named after the original owners Dr. Robert and Amelia Frost, preserved today in its original condition. The new residents, Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, including their dog Banksy, who bought the house in 2016, have at least made it their mission to keep the charm of the house after their purchase, rather than modernizing it.

In particular, they fell in love with the original furnishings, which fortunately were still completely intact. The entire furniture was designed by interior designer Paul McCobb in cooperation with the world-famous furniture brand Knoll. Bob Coscarelli can still remember his first visit. Before he looked at the rooms, he turned the furniture around and saw all the Knoll stickers: “That was a great feeling, because I knew that Knoll had installed the furniture there as well. It felt like a time machine. ”

Accordingly, the two dealt with this legacy carefully: “We felt obliged to leave the pieces as far as possible in their original environment,” says Coscarelli, only a few private pieces and a few Knoll new acquisitions have added them to the collection.

And so the house still breathes the spirit of the no frills midcentury design and revives in the mind’s eye directly the time of the A-line dresses, suede miniskirts and pixie cuts: In the living room soft earth tones harmonize in carpets and built in wardrobes. In one corner stands a cognac-colored leather “Womb Chair” with matching ottoman by Eero Saarinen.

Another mid-century dream

An expressive contrast is the canary-yellow and co-lime-blue laminated cupboards, which are embedded in the walls in the other rooms. Small splashes of color in orange and green tones balance the heaviness of the partly wood-paneled walls. In the dining room “Tulip Chairs” are grouped around an oval table with walnut wood top and in the office there is finally a simple desk with the “Number 9” lamp by designer Isamu Noguchi, in front of it a Bertoia “Side Chair”.

In addition, the new owners started to research. At first, they did not know much about the exact genesis of the house. Only through magazine contributions and brochures did they finally learn that this was a design by Emil Tessin, Vice President and Chief Designer of Alside Homes Corp. from Ohio. In the hope that the project would quickly make school, it was patented by the manufacturer at that time. 200 homes per day should leave the company headquarters, that was at least the ambitious, self-imposed goal in an old company brochure; in fact, in the end, only a handful was built, as Valentine found out.

Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli have made a name for themselves with their love of detailing history. On the associated website and an Instagram profile, they provide insight into the latest findings of their gradual review of the past.

More design stories can be found under the name ICONISTdesign on Facebook and Instagram.

Dezeen – Design Magazine

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Thanks Dezeen for the feature. Fingers crossed this story telling will lead us to some new connections with information and/or tales of life in an Alside Home. We are close to finding 30 of the homes .. out of the known 96 that rolled off the production lines and there is a possibility there might be as many at 200. Check out the homes we have found so far – thanks to the power of social media – on our Alside Homes Locator page.

You can read the full article on Dezeen here.

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Indianapolis Monthly – Feb 2018

It is here! Our first feature in print thanks to Indianapolis Monthly – Feb Edition 2018. It is a lovely piece written by Gina Bazer and photography by Bob Coscarelli. Our favorite quote in the article ….

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.

Thanks for the enchanting chat about the house Gina, we had fun reliving the story, and we continue to enjoy finding out more facts – it is like a good archeological dig.

 

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Look for the FEB 2018 Edition on news stands or pick up a copy for your favorite digital reader through an app like Zinio.

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