Albert Frey’s Cree House

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What a treat to photograph Albert Frey’s 1955 Palm Springs desert modern masterpiece, the Cree House.

The home has been quietly held in the possession of a local family since the 1970s. The family recently completed a meticulous restoration of the home to evoke its original 1955 design.

Integrated into the hillside, the home features a large balcony with it’s commanding view overlooking nearly the entire Coachella Valley. The bright yellow corrugated fiberglass panel railings are original to the home.

Of particular interest to me is the kitchen, which features the unique and completely original restored refrigerator above the back counter top as shown in the photograph below.

 

 

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (1961). Palm Springs, California.  Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams.

Considered to be in the classic Desert Modern or mid-century International style, the 13,000 square foot building originally served as a branch of Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan.