soaring above the desert: albert frey’s cree house reborn 03/19

Soaring Above the Desert: Albert Frey’s Cree House Reborn

See the architect-designed home, newly renovated and open for the first time at Palm Springs’ 2019 Modernism Week

 

Colin Flavin | Houzz Contributor

 

For years, curious travelers driving on State Route 111 through Southern California’s Coachella Valley marveled at the dramatic profile of a hillside home, its massive stone chimney and deck perched high above the desert floor. This was all that most people ever saw of Albert Frey’s 1955 Cree House, as it remained closed to the public for most of its existence.

 

During 2019 Modernism Week, held in Palm Springs on February 14-24, visitors finally got to tour this midcentury gem, wrapping up a more than yearlong restoration. Read on to see more of “The Forgotten Frey” and learn about its inception, innovative design and recent renovation.

 

Albert Frey's Cree House

View of the Cree House from Highway 111, with the afternoon sun backlighting the deck. Photos by Colin Flavin except where noted.

 

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