Be among the first to experience this meticulously preserved hillside home, one of the two most intact residences 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 before seen by the public. The home is abundantly clad in identifying characteristics found in other Frey 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. Period correct designs for the interior and exterior spaces by Nicholas Lawrence Interior Design firm in partnership with Knoll Furniture, with vintage accent pieces throughout.
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Things to Know
Ticket holders who do not check-in at least 20 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time may lose their seats on the shuttle van.
Please plan accordingly as parking may be congested.
The shuttle van will depart promptly at the designated time in order to maintain the schedule and honor the scheduled tour times for all ticket holders.
There is no other way to access The Cree House, and maximum occupancy is limited to seats on the shuttle van.
The Cree House is not ADA accessible and commercial photography is not allowed. Please leave food and drink in the shuttle van during tour.
This event is for all ages.
No pets allowed.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Life.
Event Check-in Location
This event occurs in Cathedral City. The event address will be printed on the ticket.
Photo Credits: J.Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
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