Experience this meticulously preserved hillside home, one of the two most intact residences designed by architect Albert Frey. It was commissioned by a prominent desert family and built in 1955. Since the early 1970s it has been owned and occupied by a single family and thus has quietly existed on its hilltop perch, overlooking the desert floor, largely forgotten and never seen by the public. The home is abundantly clad in identifying characteristics found in Frey’s projects: strong, jutting balconies with corrugated fiberglass railings, asbestos exterior walls, industrial materials and thin roof overhangs. A fascinating study in siting, the building is elevated primarily on pilotis, leaving the mountain underneath virtually untouched. Wildly contrasting its environment in materials and forms, it also seems to blend into it. Its colors and shapes seem to evoke the surrounding granite hills and desert foliage as much as contrast them.
ADDITIONAL ALBERT FREY TOUR AVAILABLE:
Frey House II - the personal residence of Albert Frey for more than 30 years. For ticket options, click here.
Things to Know
Ticket holders must check-in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before their scheduled tour time or risk losing their seat on the shuttle van.
The expected time for the tour, including the shuttle, is 30 to 40 minutes. Each guest will receive a tour gift bag with information on the home and the architect.
There is no other way to access the Forgottten Frey House; maximum occupancy is limited to seats on the shuttle van.
Forgotten Frey House is not ADA accessible and commercial photography is not permitted. No food or beverages permitted.
Tours are open to children 10 years of age and older, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Life.
Event Check-in Location
The Estate Sale Co., 4185 E. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (Please park in the parking lot behind the building)
Event Safety Protocol
Each guest will need to wear a mask, show proof of vaccination or negative test result within 72 hours of attendance. Complimentary masks will be available for each guest. The home will be outfitted with state-of-the-art air ionizers which knock down 99% of COVID viruses in the air and on surfaces.
Photo Credits: Palm Springs Life.
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