A Mid-Century Design and Architecture Gem: The Frost House

Karen and Bob Coscarelli discovered they were modernists on their first date. Now married, they are the lucky owners of the beautiful Frost House.

The story of how they ended up in such a coveted house has a fair few twists.

modern mid-century house The Frost House Bob Coscarelli - exterior front

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - exterior

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - entrance
After they got married, they purchased their first home together, a Case Study-inspired single family home designed by noted Chicago architects Studio Dwell & Ranquist Development.

But after ten years in the place they decided to build their “dream home” from scratch, purchasing 10 acres in Michigan’s Harbor County. Alas the cost of the project proved prohibitively expensive, following 18 months of land-prep and planning with two architects.

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - living

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - Knoll - living

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - Knoll - living

Undeterred, Karen began looking at existing properties. In less than a month, their agent sent them the Frost House listing, on the very day it hit the market. Before even viewing it, they snapped it up. It proved a wise decision, since their purchase was shortly followed by a feature of the house on Curbed which went viral and led to new offers coming in from around the world.

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The Frost House - Paul McCobb - Knoll - dining area

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - Knoll - kitchen

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - dining area
Looking at the house, perhaps its most striking feature is the panels of primary colours on the exterior, yellow and blue, complimented by a door in bright green, a rather contemporary-seeming flourish which does nothing to detract from this period house.


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According to Karen and Bob, this is particularly pleasant from the autumn to the winter, with the “explosion of colours followed by snowy white winter scenes…equally intoxicating”.

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - interiors
The Frost House has been named by Karen and Bob after the original owners Dr. Robert and Amelia Frost. Originally a sales model for Alside Homes, the Frosts immediately fell in love with the interiors and furnishings provided by Knoll, asking to purchase the home with all the furniture inside. These pieces still sit in the same place. Another sign that the Coscarellis made an excellent snap decision.

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The Frost House - Paul McCobb - interiors

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - bedroom

The Frost House - Paul McCobb - bedroom

Photos by Bob Coscarelli