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A few hours out of LA is the holy grail of mid-century modern architecture, a town relatively untouched since the late sixties. Albert Frey, architect of many of Palm Springs’ best modern structures, is alive and well and looks benevolently down on his city from an aluminum and steel house on the mountain. His work spans the century; it was included in the International Style exhibition at MOMA in 1932 and some luscious photos can be seen in the recent New Yorker article on Palm Springs architecture. Frey’s Loewy house also happens to be next door to Neutra’s Kaufman house, recently restored by Marmol Radziner. Our map is based on one provided by Albert, who you can give a call at (619) 325-2851 and perhaps garner an invitation to see his aforementioned house. While way out east, you might need a place to stay. Michael Rotondi and April Greiman have recently purchased and remodeled a 1948 natural hot springs motel. The rooms have all been stripped down to a sort of zen-fifties chic, with great beds and a mineral water swimming pool that (naturally) stays at 90 degrees. The Miracle Manor is in Desert Hot Springs at (760) 329-6641.

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