Cree House is sometimes called ‘the Forgotten Frey’ because, for decades, it was inaccessible to the public. But California modernism fans can get a fresh look at the Albert Frey-designed property, which is back on the market.
Built for a school superintendent on the border of Palm Springs and Cathedral City, the Californian property was constructed in 1955 on an eight-acre boulder-strewn plot. Frey carefully designed the single-storey home around the terrain, raising it above the ground on stilts while floor-to-ceiling glass and outdoor terraces capture the dramatic desert views.
Cree House’s present owner spent a year carefully restoring its midcentury details and opened it up to the public during Modernism Week 2019. Original kitchen and bathroom fixtures are intact, and period replacements have been tracked down for damaged parts of the home.