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News February 2017

Aluminaire House has moved to Palm Springs

February 20, 2017

This Valentine’s Day was extra special for the city of Palm Springs, which welcomed the arrival of the Aluminaire House during its annual Modernism Week. It is the culmination of a two-year effort to preserve a significant example of Modern experimentation after its previous steward, the New York Institute of Technology, indicated it could no longer care for it. 

The iconic home was built as a case study by A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey. It was the first all-metal home in the US, and possibly also the first pre-fab home. Frey lived in Palm Springs and many of his works still stand there. Before being disassembled and packed onto a truck, the house was carefully documented in a Historic Structure Report. It will eventually be reassembled in a new plaza currently being built in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum, where it will be open for public tours. The city is still working to raise the funds needed to do a full restoration.

With ‘some assembly required,’ Aluminaire House arrives in Palm Springs,” Desert Sun, February 14, 2017. 

Aluminaire House arrives in Palm Springs,” Architect’s Newspaper, February 17, 2017.

Watch a short video about the Aluminaire House here

Photo courtesy Aluminaire House Foundation.
Photo courtesy Iva Kravitz/Vimeo.