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Discover Albert Frey’s 1935 Guthrie House – Tours and Sunset Reception

Tickets Will Be Sold at Door

688 E. Mel Avenue, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tour $45, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Cocktail Reception $125, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Category: @Palm Springs, Cocktail Party, Hors d’oeuvres, Self guided, Tour (Exterior) Tour (Interior)

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A forgotten architectural gem in the California desert.  New owners invested $1.345 million rescuing an abandoned Palm Springs home built by Albert Frey in 1935. Be the first to tour the Guthrie House, and support the Aluminaire House Foundation.   

This was Frey’s first residential commission in Palm Springs, completed just 4 years after receiving worldwide acclaim for his Aluminaire House of 1931. 

“With the Guthrie House, Frey looked at the contextualism of the massing of the traditional adobe house and its relationship to the sun and shade; he used a stucco exterior to simulate adobe. Each function of the house was articulated as a mass, and there were no overhangs…” according to Frey expert Joseph Rosa. 

With a past history of parties with Sinatra and Marilyn, and Errol Flynn having lived here while building the first nudist hotel in Palm Springs, it seems that the house would not have been forgotten--but the years were not kind to Frey’s design.

The full renovation involved removing many style reiterations including Spanish arches and Hollywood glam, along with multiple layers of tile, wallpaper, stucco, meticulously refinishing original bedroom built-in cabinetry, and demolishing hundreds of square feet of poorly designed and ill-proportioned additions, to arrive at what it started off as – a box in the desert.

“Our focus was to integrate the natural desert into the home, as Frey intended, while accommodating today’s living standards”.

Tours throughout the day. A separately ticketed sunset tour with an elegant cocktail party catered by Jakes’ Palm Springs and complimentary valet parking at 6:00PM 

Proceeds from the home tours and cocktail reception benefit The Aluminaire House Foundation.

Tour Only $45, Sunset Tour and Cocktail Reception $125

Things to Know

Ages 12 and older for tours.
Ages 21 and older for Sunset Tour and Reception.
Please arrive at the designated time shown on your ticket.
Sunset Reception and Tour includes complimentary valet parking.
The organizer of this event is The Aluminaire Foundation.


Event Check-in Location

Location will be printed on the ticket.


Photo Credits: Guthrie House, 1935. Courtesy of Avi Ross Group, Before - Courtesy Avi Ross Group, Before - Courtesy Avi Ross Group, Kelly Peak, Courtesy Avi Ross Group, After - Kelly Peak Courtesy Avi Ross Group, After - Kelly Peak Courtesy Avi Rossi Group


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