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 project was actually a model house in New York. Scarlet Cheng of The Los Angeles Times reports that the building, called “Aluminaire House,” is now set to join the bulk of his other work in Palm Springs.

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