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New home sought for Aluminaire House

July 21, 2013

The experimental all-metal Aluminaire House has been booted from its third home, the Central Islip campus of the New York Institute of Technology. A team of architects is advocating to the have the 1931 house reassembled on a vacant lot in Queens’ Sunnyside Historic District. They state that this site faces two housing complexes from the same era and address similar issues of housing for the periphery of the city. However, neighborhood residents have voiced their preference to have the lot be turned into a community park.

The Aluminaire House was a case study by architects A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey for the Architectural League and Allied Arts Exhibition, constructed in 10 days with donated materials. Shortly afterwards it was relocated to Long Island to serve as a private weekend home and was later acquired by the university for educational purposes.

Landmark Aluminaire Seeks Home” by Amanda Gruen, The Architect’s Newspaper, July 10, 2013