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The Forgotten Frey: The Cree House - Guided Tour by Robert Imber

Be among the first to experience this meticulously preserved hillside home, one of the two most intact residences by architect Albert Frey. Guided Tour by architectural expert and co-founder of Modernism Week Robert Imber. $55 (30 min)

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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.

About Robert Imber:

Architectural historian Robert Imber has called Palm Springs home since 1999, though he visited regularly from his St. Louis home throughout his childhood and teens. He is a public speaker and executive producer of Desert Utopia, the documentary film on Palm Springs modernist architects. A co-founder of Modernism Week and The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSMODCOM), Imber serves on PSMODCOM’s Education Committee, overseeing a fourth-through-eighth-grade in-class curriculum and a scholarship program that awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating regional high school seniors pursuing interest in an architectural or preservation career. Imber operated Palm Springs Modern Tours from 2001 until his retirement in 2017. He  was a recipient of a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2016, located at the downtown Palm Springs Center for Architecture and Design. A prolific writer and speaker, he has contributed to numerous books and presented at architectural tours and events in Palm Springs and elsewhere.


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This event is for all ages.
This dwelling has exterior or interior steps.

The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Life.


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Photo Credits: J.Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


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