toolkits - preservation resources

The Frost House (1964)
Updated periodically
Accessed: 01.01.2023

Michigan City, IN
Blog focused on the restoration of a prefabricated modern house designed by Emil Tessin for the Alside Homes Corporation. The current owners of the home manage the blog, where they share details of the projects they have undertaken on the property, as well as information for site visits and useful links.

Written by the current owners of the Frost House.

Lustron House (1949)

Old House Magazine online
Published July 18, 2013
Updated 06.17.2021
Accessed: 01.01.2023

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, IN
Article in Old House about the preservation of a 1949 prefabricated Lustron House with most original features intact. One of the owners is a preservationist for the Historic Landmarks Foundation in Indiana so his perspective and approach helped guide the preservation of the house and can be a model for others’ approach during their own projects.

Published by Old House magazine online (
Online article.

Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome (1960)

RBF Dome non-profit
Architect Magazine
Main content published 2014
Accessed: 01.01.2023

Carbondale, IL
32 video episodes documenting the six-month-long restoration process of the world’s first geodesic dome, built for Buckminster Fuller in 1960. The ‘FullerDomeHome’ website is run by a not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving Fuller’s work and legacy and also features a blog on all manner of topics relating to Fuller. An accompanying in-depth article from Architect magazine on the history of the house and its preservation can be found here.

Website is run by RBF Dome NFP, a non-profit began in 2002 by a group of volunteers in Illinois dedicated to preserving the Fuller legacy.
Video and blog.
The article is published by Architect magazine 04.2018.2014 (, written by Wanda Lau, journalist and civil engineer.
Online article format.