So Frey, So Good: An Homage to the Desert Modernist

Frey fans rejoice!  Check out this panoply of Albert Frey events with tickets still available.

The Raymond Loewy House, photo from Marmol Radziner
The Raymond Loewy House. Photo credit: Marmol Radziner

This beguiling Swiss-born seminal architect is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of desert modernism.  While tickets to see his own iconic residence, the Frey House II, inevitably sell out quickly, the good news is that Modernism Week features a number of interesting Frey-focused event this year.  Read on to learn more and snag your tickets now!

A sneak peek of the Hidden Frey, a Modernism Week Featured Home.
A sneak peek of the Hidden Frey, a Modernism Week Featured Home. Photo credit: Christine Joo

TOUR: Hidden Frey
One of Modernism Week’s Featured Homes this year is the Hidden Frey, a newly restored 1966 Frey-designed residence that has remained below the radar both literally and figuratively for decades.  Unknown to even Palm Springs architectural historians, this unique property is sunken below street level, making it one of the city’s best kept secrets, until now!  With their signature flair, Thomboy Properties is restoring this gem and unveiling it during Modernism Week with public tours and a series of special events.  Tour tickets are available here.

FILM: “Albert Frey, Part 1: The Architectural Envoy”
Don’t miss your chance to see the first installment of a two-part documentary film series produced by Design Onscreen.  This film explores Frey’s early life and work in Europe to his New York architectural accomplishments in the 1930s, including the famed Aluminaire House (which will soon call Palm Springs its permanent home), the Canvas Weekend House, and several of his notable commissions in Palm Springs.  Watch the film then pop by the Hidden Frey for a cocktail reception afterwards.  Tickets available here.

A self portrait of Albert Frey, from the Palm Springs Art Museum Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture exhibition that closed on January 7, 2018.
A self portrait of Albert Frey, from the Palm Springs Art Museum Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture exhibition that closed on January 7, 2018.

LECTURE: “Albert Frey’s Architecture: Technology and Nature in Harmony”
Get a peek into the man’s design processes with this intriguing lecture Palm Springs Art Museum’s Founding Curator of Architecture and Design Sidney Williams.  Frey produced beautiful drawings, photographs, and videos of the natural environment. Williams will illustrate her lecture with never before seen examples of Frey’s responses to nature and reveal how it found expression in his architecture.  Tickets available here.

Photo by Jeff Durkin
The Aluminaire House pulling into the Coachella Valley. Photo credit: Jeff Durkin

FUNDRAISER: A Tour and Reception at the Raymond Loewy House
Last year the Aluminaire House made the long journey west from New York to Palm Springs.  With exciting announcements on the horizon about the future of the Aluminaire House, which will very soon find its forever home in the city of desert modernism, do your part to be part of this long and hard-fought preservation movement.  Tickets available here for this tour and reception at the iconic Raymond Loewy House, one of Frey’s most beloved Palm Springs projects.

 

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