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
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff
Access and Use
The collection was donated by the family of Wallace Frost (donor no. 5957) in 1976, with a small addition in 1992.
The collection is open to research.
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[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.
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.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Apartment houses.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Schools.
Apartment houses -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Birmingham (Mich.) -- Buildings.
Buildings -- Michigan -- Birmingham.
Buildings -- Michigan -- Detroit.
Detroit (Mich.) -- Buildings.
Schools -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Frost, Wallace, 1892-1962.
Pittsfield Village (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Pittsfield School (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Pittsfield Village (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
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Container / Location
Miscellaneous papers [series]
Sadler Residence, Birmingham, Mich. (?) June 8, 1950
Hagerman Residence, Birmingham, Mich. (?) June 8, 1950
Frost Studio, Birmingham, Mich. June 8, 1950
Frost Residence, Birmingham, Mich. June 8, 1950