Pougnet leads charge to bring Aluminaire House to Palm Springs

One of the most pivotal — and tiny — examples of early modern American architecture could find a new home in the desert.

Mayor Steve Pougnet is leading the charge to raise the necessary funds to purchase and bring Albert Frey’s Aluminaire House to Palm Springs.

The home was designed and built in 1931 as an exhibition piece for the Allied Arts and Industry and Architectural League Exhibition. Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, managing editor of The Architecture Record, were both disciples of the Bauhaus design movement popular in Europe at the time. And they wanted Aluminaire to explore the use of prefab modern materials like aluminum.

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