Wallace Frost papers: circa 1939-1962
Summary Information
Title: Wallace Frost papers
Creator: Frost, Wallace, 1892-1962
Inclusive dates: circa 1939-1962
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Extent: 16 blueprints
Extent: 1 microfilms
Detroit area architect. Blueprints of selected buildings, biographical materials, advertising and financial material relating to Pittsfield Village, Ann Arbor, Mich., and photographs.
Call number: 85162 Aa 2; AA microcopy
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by the family of Wallace Frost (donor no. 5957) in 1976, with a small addition in 1992.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Wallace Frost papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Wallace Frost was born in Union, Pennsylvania and studied architecture with Paul Cret at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Grace Bierer in 1917 and settled in Philadelphia. During World War I, he designed hangars for military installations for the Naval air force at their headquarters in Washington. There he met Detroit architect Albert Kahn, who came frequently to Washington for consultations about government architectural projects. Liking his work, Kahn asked Frost to come to Michigan to work with him. Frost moved in 1919, eventually settling in Birmingham in 1921. The two architects worked in the same office on large projects such as the Detroit Public Library, where Frost handled much of the client relations work for Kahn.

In 1926 Frost set up his own practice consisting mainly of residential work in the Detroit suburbs. He worked in Europe in 1932 and 1933 and worked in Southern California from 1933 to 1938, a period in which there was little new building undertaken in Michigan. He planned numerous residences there and built his own large home in 1936 in Montecito Valley, 12 miles from Santa Barbara. In 1939 he returned to Birmingham and practiced in partnership there until 1961. Frost died in 1962.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of original blueprints and microfilm of photographs of buildings designed by Frost largely from the period after 1939. Most of the earlier plans and papers were destroyed by fire in California in 1939. There are also a few folders relating to his interest in Pittsfield Village.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Architects.
  • Architecture.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Apartment houses.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Schools.
  • Apartment houses -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Architecture.
  • Birmingham (Mich.) -- Buildings.
  • Buildings -- Michigan -- Birmingham.
  • Buildings -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Buildings.
  • Interiors.
  • Schools -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Architectural drawings.
  • Photographs.
  • Frost, Wallace, 1892-1962.
  • Pittsfield Village (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Pittsfield School (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Pittsfield Village (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Miscellaneous papers [series]
Box   1  
Biographical materials
Pittsfield Village
Box   1  
Advertising 1950s
Box   1  
Financial 1958-1959
Photographs [series]
Roll   1  
Miscellaneous 1950s
Roll   1  
Sadler Residence, Birmingham, Mich. (?) June 8, 1950 (4 photographs)
Roll   1  
Hagerman Residence, Birmingham, Mich. (?) June 8, 1950 (5 photographs)
Roll   1  
Frost Studio, Birmingham, Mich. June 8, 1950 (4 photographs)
Roll   1  
Frost Residence, Birmingham, Mich. June 8, 1950 (1 photographs)
Roll   1  
Jon's Ranch (Jon Frost house), Colorado Springs, Colorado 1959 (12 photographs)
Roll   1  
Fred Blow house, West Los Angeles 1944 (44 photographs)
Roll   1  
Pittsfield Village, Ann Arbor 1953 (8 photographs)
Roll   1  
C.B. Burdick house, Kalamazoo (4 photographs)
Roll   1  
Unknown House (2 photographs)
Album 1
Roll   1  
Frost House, 404 Bonnie Briar, Birmingham, Mich. 1942 (11 photographs)
Roll   1  
McDonald House (?), 420 Bonnie Briar, Birmingham, Mich. 1942 (1 photographs)
Roll   1  
Burlingame House, 436 Bonnie Briar, Birmingham, Mich. 1942 (4 photographs)
Roll   1  
Murphy-Ellis House, 444 Bonnie Briar, Birmingham, Mich. 1942 (4 photographs)
Roll   1  
Loose photos from album, one of Burlingame House and three of Murphy-Ellis house
Album 2
Roll   1  
Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Frost house, Ladera Lane, Montecito, Calif. (46 photographs (27 photos attached, 19 loose))
Architectural drawings [series]
Drawer   1 Folder   1
Clarence G. Clohset residence 1950
Drawer   1 Folder   1
Sperry residence. Port Huron, Mich. 1949
Drawer   1 Folder   1
Frank Roby residence. Dunstan Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Cranbrook Quarton estates) 1955
Drawer   1 Folder   2
Jeremy T. Ball residence. 1390 Northlawn Ave., Birmingham, Mich. 1951
Drawer   1 Folder   2
Wilkinson residence. 515 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. 1954
Drawer   1 Folder   2
L.B. Burdick residence. Gull Lake, Yorkville, Mich. 1954 (also negative photostat)
Drawer   1 Folder   3
MacDonald residence. 420 Bonnie Brier, Birmingham, Mich. 1941
Drawer   1 Folder   3
C. Conn residence. Riverside Drive, Beverly Hills, Mich. 1949
Drawer   1 Folder   3
Wallace Frost Studio. Bates St., Birmingham, Mich. 1950
Drawer   1 Folder   3
G.L. Buhrman residence. Geddes Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1950
Drawer   1 Folder   4
Dr. John Smillie residence. Forest Rd., Barton Hills, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1954
Drawer   1 Folder   4
Pierson residence. Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 1954
Drawer   1 Folder   4
Pittsfield Rental Housing development. Ann Arbor, Mich. 1943
Drawer   1 Folder   5
Sober residence. Oxford Rd., Riverside Homes, Lansing, Mich. 1958
Drawer   1 Folder   5
Charles F. Adams residence. 6139 Dakota Circle, Wing Lake, Mich.
Drawer   1 Folder   5
T.M. Ball residence. Orchard Ridge Rd., Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 1950-1955