First American Project by Desert Modernism Architect to be Rebuilt in Palm Springs

Swiss-born Albert Frey was Palm Springs’ first full-time, resident architect. There, drawing inspiration from the arid climate’s vast landscapes of desolate geography, palm trees and constant sunshine, he emerged as one of the founders of the Desert Modernism movement, a regional take on mid-century Modernism. But before he ventured to Palm Springs in the 1940s, Frey’s first American […]

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The Aluminaire House finds a permanent home in Palm Springs

After a long and winding journey, the Aluminaire House has finally found a permanent home in Palm Springs, California. The 1,200-square-foot, all-metal house arrived in the high desert early last year on the back of a freight truck, just in time for the annual Modernism Week celebration. The home was greeted by a hero’s welcome after having just completed […]

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Aluminaire House to be Featured in Modernism Week 2018

The Aluminaire House Foundation will host a fundraising tour and reception to benefit the Aluminaire House during Modernism Week 2018. The tour and reception will be held at the Raymond Loewy estate in Palm Springs on February 23 at 3 PM. It will raise awareness of the 1931 Aluminaire House, a historically significant prefabricated aluminum […]

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Aluminaire House headed to Palm Springs

The 1931 Aluminaire House, like The Architect’s Newspaper, is leaving New York and headed to Palm Springs for Modernism Week. A new Paul Goldberger-narrated video tells the story of the Kocher and Frey-designed house and its journey from MoMA to Long Island and—this morning—to Palm Springs where it will arrive on February 14. Read Full Article

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Innovative 1931 Long Island ‘Skyscraper House’ Was Built by the Father of Palm Springs Modern

a 1932 article in Modern Mechanix magazine, the design of this three-story Long Island “skyscraper house” was touted as the “latest in homes,” with an all-metal frame and glass walls. What the story doesn’t mention is that this little house in the ‘burbs was designed as a case study home by noted architects Albert Frey (who spent his early years in Le Corbusier‘s studio) […]

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History: Albert Frey, a modern master

“In my youth, out of necessity, I had to produce a desired result with the least material and effort. Since then I found this principle to be a stimulating challenge to create, with aesthetic possibilities and gratifying the intellect. Today, realizing that resources are limited and with populations increasing drastically, conspicuous consumption is against the […]

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