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Finding Aid for the Albert Frey papers, circa 1924-1993 0000134
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Albert Frey papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000134
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 28.0 Linear feet (15 record storage boxes, 3 flat file drawers, and 3 models)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1924-circa 1993
    Location note: Boxes 1-15/ADC - regular 3 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files 3 Models/Mosher - models (models were constructed for the UCSB Art Museum Exhibit Albert Frey: Modern Architect) Aluminaire house Minimal house Frey House
    creator: Chambers, Robson C., 1919-1999
    creator: Clark, John Porter
    creator: Frey, Albert, 1903-1998


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Albert Frey, 1989. Additional material gifted by Doug Henry, 2001.

    Preferred Citation note

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

    Biographical/Historical note

    Albert Frey was born in Zurich, Switzerland on October 18, 1903. Frey received his formal architectural training at the Institute of Technology in Winterthur, Switzerland. During his education at the Institute of Technology, Frey apprenticed for two years under the architect A. J. Arter in Zurich. Graduating in 1924, Frey traveled around Europe and settled by 1925 in Brussels where he worked for Jean-Jules Eggericx and Raphael Verwilghen. Leaving Eggericx and Verwilghen in 1927, Frey moved to France where he worked as a draftsman for Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. In 1930, Frey’s visa application was approved and he relocated to New York.
    Shortly after arriving in New York, Frey found work with A. Lawrence Kocher with whom he worked until 1935. Kocher and Frey completed four buildings and co-authored many articles on urban planning, the modern aesthetic, and technology for Architectural Record during their partnership. By 1935, Frey had relocated to Palm Springs and began working with architect John Porter Clark. The two formed a partnership, which lasted twenty years. At the beginning of their partnership Clark and Frey operated under the name Van Pelt and Lind Architects, since neither Clark nor Frey was licensed at the time. By 1943, Clark and Frey had become licensed and were able to obtain public commissions which included schools, hospitals and a library. In 1952, Robson C. Chambers who had been an employee with the firm since 1946 was made a partner, and the firm was renamed Clark, Frey and Chambers. During his 63 years in Palm Springs, Frey’s most notable projects include: the Raymond Loewy house, the Guthrie house, the Clark & Frey Office building, the Aerial Tramway and Gas Station, Palm Springs City Hall, the Desert Hospital, the North Shore Yacht Club, Villa Hermosa, Frey House I and II. Frey continued to design buildings into the late 1980s. Albert Frey died on November 14, 1998, at the age of 95.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Albert Frey papers span 28 linear feet and date from circa 1924 to 1993. The collection primarily contains material concerning architectural projects Frey undertook in American between the years 1930 to 1982, in the form of architectural drawings and reprographic copies, black-and-white photographs, negatives, slides, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. The collection also includes Frey’s personal architectural reference books and color travel photographs, three-dimensional building samples from the Frey House II, his professional awards, and research notes.

    Related Archival Materials note

    David Gebhard papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Robson Chambers papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Albert Frey Archive, Palm Spings Art Museum.
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, A. Lawrence Kocher Collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Frey, Albert, 1903-1998 -- Archives
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural firms -- California
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Palm Springs
    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies