Albert Frey: Aluminaire house (Syosset, NY)



The architect A. Lawrence Kocher was asked to design a house for the Architectural League of New York City and the Allied Arts of Industries bi-annual exhibition. Kocher hired Frey to help design a house that used new materials, like steel and glass as a low cost construction alternative. After the exhibition, the house was purchased by architect Wallace Harrison, who moved the house to his property in Syosset, on Long Island in New York. The house remains on the property until 1987, when a new owner decided to demolish the house and build a subdivision.
The New York Institute of Technology agreed to dismantle the house and reconstruct it on their campus. Teams of architecture students spend the next six years carefully dismantling the house and re-assembling it at the School of Architecture on the Central Islip campus. In 2012, the campus was closed, the house was transferred to a group called the Aluminaire House Foundation, which dismantled the structure and stored it in a shipping container. In 2015, the container was shipped to Palm Springs and is currently awaiting re-assembly.


Albert Frey, architect
A. Lawrence Kocher, architect


Albert Frey papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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