This is the home of Algier Williamson, an architect who became a barber. Located in the lot behind Village Green Records, Alavista’s Bootleg Fancy barbershop has become a landmark of the Ball State University campus. His home started as just a van that he cut hair out of, but slowly transformed into what it is today. He first built a platform on top for bicycle storage, but began sleeping in a tent on it once the weather got warmer. While the platform was made of new 4×4 timbers, 2x4s and, and graded bolts, the rest was built out of salvaged materials. The “greenhouse” part of the structure is made from reclaimed windows and shutters from a demolished school and several houses in the Indianapolis, Ind. area. The facade was made from wood taken from shipping pallets, which also makes up a large part of the wood he burns for heat. Algier describes his house as “constantly evolving” because of the tweaks and additions he adds to it almost weekly.
Photos and submitted by Shawn Fink.