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The meticulous restoration of Albert Frey’s 1955 Cree House

TUCKED INTO THE ROCKY HILLISDE, THE STONE FIREPLACE ON THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE ANCHORS THE HOME TO THE SITE. CORRUGATED STEEL ROOFING ONLY NEEDED SOME PAINT DURING THE EXTENSIVE RESTORATION.
Photography by Dan Chavkin Interior décor by Nicholas Lawrence Design & Modern Hacienda, in partnership with Knoll
ALBERT FREY UTILIZED PILOTIS TO ELEVATE THE CREE HOUSE FROM THE ROCKY HILLSIDE. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE STONE FIREPLACE, INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS WERE USED FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE HOME.

Architect Albert Frey was born in Switzerland and, during his early career, worked under Modernist pioneer Le Corbusier. Frey came to Palm Springs in the 1930s and went on to live and work in the desert city, creating many iconic buildings and homes including Palm Springs City Hall, The Aerial Tramway Valley Station and Frey House II. Though not quite as well-known—the home is often referred to as “The Forgotten Frey"—the Cree House was built in 1955 by Frey for real estate developer Raymond Cree and serves as a gorgeous example of Frey’s residential work.

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