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logs to lustrons

Every year Indiana Dunes National Park with Indiana Landmarks host a ‘Logs to Lustrons Tour‘, it takes a full day to get to see all the homes and really is a fantastic event. This was our second year attending, and each year they add a few new homes or there are some amazing updates to learn about. We recommend that you keep an eye out for next years event and buy your tickets, it is typically the first weekend in May. Here are some of our photos from the event. Please excuse us – we were enjoying the narrative too much that we didn’t really get good shots.

Let’s start with our new favorite house in our area  – Read Dunes House. The owners of this home [and within the this home] advocated for the Dunes preservation and successfully so, the Dunes just became the 61st National Park in the USA. Phil Benham Read and his wife Irene commissioned their architect son Herbert P Read to design the weekend house. It is currently managed by the National Park Service and they are hoping to restore it and make it available for rentals. Let’s hope their plan works – it is a gem.

Another highlight on the tour [not all homes are open for interior tours] was the Schulhof Lustron home. What is unique about this Lustron is that it is a three bedroom model, and fewer than 200 models were made. This house was built in 1949, originally it sat on the lakefront, and in 1956 had to be moved due to beach erosion. Lucky it was a Lustrous, they were designed to be moved. Anyone want to help out and lease this one and restore it? Contact the parks for details on their leasing program.

Oops – I guess we shouldn’t be nosey and look in peoples drawers.

Loads of original features – but it needs some serious work to get it back in working order.

OK two more highlights to share. This one we are SUPER excited about. It is stunning.

Right next door to the Lustron, is Dr. John & Gerda Meyer House. Originally built as a one story home in 1961, it had an addition added to it in 1965. The lower level opens onto dune woodlands, and the upper level overlooks Lake Michigan. It was designed by Harold Olin [who also was an advocate for preserving the Indiana Dunes]. What makes us excited about this home, is that it will soon be available for rentals. If you want to get in to be one of the first to stay at this stunning home – you can do so thru this program. We didn’t take any photos that do this place justice – the bedroom is filled with clever storage ideas. such a beautiful home with incredible views – again photos we didn’t take – we were too excited to be able to finally get inside this gem.

This wall panel below is brilliant. Between the two horizontal wood strips are removable glass panels – that you can place art behind, and switch-out. Perfect for displaying photography straight out of the darkroom that is on the right. Downstairs has the original kitchen with another upstairs.

The dining room has panels that can be closed to convert the dining room into a bedroom, and it is cleverly attached to a jack + jill bathroom too.

Lastly, the Solomon Enclave. Party central. These homes / apartments are also on the list for being converted into rentals homes, managed by the National Park Service. Three homes built on a sub-divided lot, with views to the lake. The homes have plenty of the original features in tact, designed for summer vacations there is plenty of glass and screened porches. This will truly make a great spot for family reunions and large gatherings once it is back up and restored. We can’t wait to see life back in these building.

Anyway, just a quick tour – we are not going to share all the details – you just should sign-up and go next year. It really is a great day, and there is a stopping point where you can grab some lunch from the newly opened Goblin & Grocer.

Kitchen – Standing the test of time

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Our kitchen was truly built to last. Since we moved in on May 27th 2016 we have given the kitchen and it’s appliances a workout. We love to entertain, and this kitchen was designed for entertainers that like to cook and not just serve cocktails.

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The kitchen was made by Mutschler, they are no longer in business, and it is ashamed as they really knew how to build a kitchen that stands the test of time. Our preservationist hearts say keep it as is [and we will], our modernist hearts say ‘you know if all we did was reface the cabinets + change counter tops + update appliances this kitchen WOULD look like it would fit with current trends. The hardware and cabinetry are solid – they even have soft closing drawers, the layout is great and the size if perfect.

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Here is a view of the kitchen from the real estate listing, and as you can tell nothing has changed, with the exception of some accessories and the flooring. We updated the flooring to unify with the rest of the house.

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The appliances are all electric and made by GE, they are in copper-tone finish. The fridge has selves that are easy to adjust up and down along, but our favorite feature is the swing our shelves so you can easily clean and access anything that is shoved to the back.

The butter conditioner works as it states, the butter truly will be hard  – medium – soft.

The double ovens feature a dinner dial, and have a working meat thermometer and rotisserie [it makes the best roast chicken].

YEP! We use these appliances everyday and they keep on producing delicious meals for friends and family. Just a quick tour … for now ….

 

 

Label Magazine -March 2019

 

Thank-you Label Magazine, based in Warsaw Poland for featuring us in your beautiful Magazine. We are honored to be in your edition celebrating 100th Anniversary of Bauhaus design.

And of course, Banksy gets his fair share of the limelight. After all, he is the good looking one of the family.

Florence Knoll – 101

We have been celebrating the life of Florence Marguerite Knoll Bassett over here at the Frost House, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so than to FINALLY purchase the outdoor furniture we have always wanted for the pool deck. With a house filled room-to-room with Knoll furniture it was an easy decision really. So coming soon we will be adding a few pieces designed by Richard Schultz from his 1966 Collection [see below].

They will be going on the right had side of the pool deck to provide more seating for cocktail hour. Now that this purchase has drained our garden budget for 2019, it is back to saving our pennies in the hopes to replace the lounge chairs in 2020. We are keeping our eye on the prize, to make it all knoll #knollfordays.

We have been on the hunt for vintage pieces, and we have 4 lounges that we found on our back patio, off the guest bedrooms – but we could never find a large enough collection in matching colors to fit our pool. Bring on the delivery, and bring on summer so we can get out there and cocktail again – this time in comfort – and to toast a few to the legend – Florence Knoll.

For more on Florence, and to get the 101: on her connection to the Frost House head over here, & over here; to learn about her life – Knoll has a lovely tribute to ‘Shu’ that you can read here.

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.