As part of Modernism Week, tours begin Thursday of a house designed by renowned Swiss-born architect Albert Frey and built in 1955.
The 1,300-square-foot Cree House sits perched on a rocky hillside between Palm Springs and Cathedral City and is open for daily tours from Thursday through Feb. 23.
The same family has owned the home since the 1970s. They have spent the last two years restoring the abode to its 1955 condition. The original kitchen appliances and countertops, bathroom fixtures, tile work and windows remain intact, according to organizers.
As part of Modernism Week’s 15th year, the Cree House will be included for the first time as one of the more than 350 events lined up for the next 11 days.
Born in 1903 in Switzerland, Frey would go on to be schooled in architecture in Paris by Le Corbusier, known as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. Frey moved to New York in 1930 and was the first student of Le Corbusier to work in the United States, according to the Palm Springs Modern Committee.
In 1934, he arrived in Palm Springs to supervise the construction of a mixed-use building and fell in love with the area. Many of his local works remain, including Palm Springs City Hall, the North Shore Yacht Club on the Salton Sea and the Aerial Tramway Valley Station.
Frey lived in Palm Springs until his death in 1998.
Tours meet daily at Porsche Palm Springs, 3737 E. Palm Canyon.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.modernismweek.com.
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