Bob Coscarelli our resident photographer created a tribute series to the house and it’s previous owners Dr. Robert and Amelia Frost. The Frost’s were better known at home and to family and close friends as ‘Bob’ and ‘Babe’. The series was shot one Autumn Day in September 2019, it involved a team of people: Brandon Frein Wardrobe Stylists + Debbie Jacks Hair & Make-Up Stylist + Sabrina Jurlina as Babe + JJ Banicki as Bob.
We are excited to announce that The Frost House along with Banksy our ‘Resident Dog’ are featured in a book due to be released Nov 10th 2020 on Amazon. Last fall photographer Nicole England and her Stylist / Assistant Natalie James paid us a visit from Australia. The duo for 6 weeks traveled the world to capture some incredible homes, by legendary architects and designers (Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Luis Barragan, Found Associates .. to name a few). Anyway, straight from the website of publisher Hardie Grant (UK) here is what they have to say about the book:
…. showcases over 25 of the world’s most amazing houses, and the dogs that live there.As an architecture photographer, Nicole England found that the shoots she enjoyed the most were the ones where dogs were present – nothing lightens the mood like a nonchalant pup. However imposing the architecture, some doggy hijinks can immediately bring an element of sociability and fun. With this in mind, Nicole set about setting up her Instagram, Resident Dog, and now this book, Resident Dog [Volume Two], which showcases over 25 of the world’s most amazing houses, and the dogs that live there.
Photographing dogs is not always straightforward, because they don’t always cooperate! The result is that these images end up with a looser, more spontaneous style. Just as every home is different, so is every dog. The photographs showcase amazing architecture and capture the personality of the idiosyncratic personality of each canine. Take a wander around the world’s most stunning homes, from Mexico City to Sydney, London, New York and LA, with the home pooch as your tour guide. Each home will feature several photographs, and an interview with the architect or homeowner.
We are truly humbled, and forever grateful that our house and rescue mutt are preserved on the pages of this beautiful book. Order your copy today.
Although ‘The Frost House’ it is not a commissioned Architect designed home, the house is named after the original owners and occupants for over 50 years, Dr. Robert Frost and Mrs. Amelia Frost. Their name remains on the mailbox to this day. The house is constructed of prefabricated aluminum with baked enamel finishes, an industry first, designed and engineered by Emil Tessin, for the now defunct Alside Homes Corporation, based in Akron, Ohio. The design is influenced, and inline with the International Style of architecture, as well as the Modern Movement. It is an excellent example of living with nature by bringing the outdoors in, and a wonderful study in affordable mid-century housing.
“INSTANT HOUSE. It will come delivered in two trailer trucks and within 48 hours will be completely assembled down to the last fixture and appliance.”
LIFE Magazine August 18th, 1961
The significance of the home is the contribution it has provided to the prefabricated housing movement. The ‘Frost House’ is a combination of glass walls and aluminum panels, fitted into a steel framework. The system for construction and the materials themselves were patent protected, granted on September 11th, 1962. The interiors were a collaboration with Paul McCobb, designing the built-in furniture and kitchens, with Knoll providing the selections for case goods, soft and occasional furnishings. Although, like Jean Prouve’s experimental homes they never met mass production as intended.
Research is being conducted to determine the true age of the home. It was thought that the house was built in 1958, however, documentation indicates that Alside Home Corporation was not in operations until the early 60s, and that they were only around for a few short years. With approximately 200 home sales, however many were never built.
It continues to be a private residence, and with the assistance of Indiana Landmarks, the home became listed on the National Historic Register on August 21st 2020. Please join us as we discover more about the history, and stories associated to ‘The Frost House’, and share this untold story with the world.