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Soaring Above the Desert: Albert Frey’s Cree House Reborn (25 photos)

Albert Frey’s Cree House is open for tours during Modernism Week 2020, which runs Feb. 13 to 23. For tickets and information about the annual Palm Springs celebration of midcentury modern design and architecture, visit the Modernism Week website.

For years, curious travelers driving on State Route 111 through Southern California’s Coachella Valley marveled at the dramatic profile of a hillside home, its massive stone chimney and deck perched high above the desert floor. This was all that most people ever saw of Albert Frey’s 1955 Cree House, as it remained closed to the public for most of its existence.

In 2019, after a more than yearlong restoration of the architect-designed home, visitors finally got to tour this midcentury gem at Palm Springs Modernism Week. Read on to see more of “The Forgotten Frey” and learn about its inception, innovative design and renovation.

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