There have been many books written on the architecture of Saratoga Springs. Not that here isn’t a lot of nice architecture in the city, but it is a small city. Is the architecture that much better than other historic towns and villages that compels people to start writing books about our buildings? Part of the reason is that the history of these building have been well documented. You can find plenty articles and images to help tell your story. Architects such as Newton Brezee, and John A. Wood, have created trademark buildings that will forever define the landscape of the city.
Frost Architecture is a firm authors will write about in future Saratoga Springs Architecture Books. No other local Architect has been involved with so many major projects that have effected the major intersections of the city.
Tom Frost is the Principal of Saratoga’s most prestigious Architectural Firm. He has degrees from Princeton and Harvard. His office is located on Long Alley with many other professional firms.
One of the strangest things about Frost Architecture is the fact that almost all of his work is located in the city. There is no other firm who is even close to working in this manner. I can only attribute this to the fact that he is able to maintain a small staff and keep overhead low. This enables him to work within such a small environment. His staff never really grows larger than three to six members. It is actually boggling to see so much work done by such few people.
In the last fifteen years he has designed more buildings on broadway than any other single architect in history. The Pfeil Building, The Roohan Building, Borders Books, The APlus Gas station and a portion of the hotel (with many names) attached to the City Center.
Although the CVS Building is not exactly on Broadway it is located in a very high traffic Area. This isn’t the best of Mr. Frosts work, but considering what CVS usually does, it is a work of art. Actually I believe it could have been an incredible building with just a few different materials to help make some of the nice details stand out a little bit more. Everything is made from the same color bricks. A few transitions would be nice.
The Boders Bookstore building is one of the prime spots on all of broadway. It replaced the old Red Barn that was painted a yellow beige and housed Popes Pizza.
If you have ever read the Fountainhead, Mr. Frost would actually be the architect that Howard Roark worked for at his first job after school. He has a great Website also a http://www.frostarchitecture.com. If you look at the site is actually about himself.