FEBRUARY 15, 2018
New home for Albert Frey’s Aluminaire house revealed at Palm Springs Modernism Week. As the first all metal pre-fabricated house in the US, and one that brought together the concepts of mass production and high density community planning, it galvanized a new American architectural movement, and was featured in the first exhibition of architecture in 1932 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s been a long haul for the nomadic Aluminaire, but it seems to have found a permanent home in Palm Springs, where its architect Albert Frey honed his unique desert modernism and left a lasting legacy (including the city hall). Now the 1931 classic will join its younger siblings in a happy architectural family reunion.