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Architects A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey worked together in 1933-1934 to design low-cost structures, like the Aluminaire House. Kocher was the managing editor of Architectural Record, faculty at the University of Virginia and Black Mountain College, and responsible for helping bring Walter Gropius to the United States.
With this weekend house on Long Island, Kocher and Frey designed the house with a redwood frame, then stretched Marine canvas over the walls. The canvas was sealed and painted, and lined with aluminum for insulation on the inside. The ground level was parking and a playground, the second level was the main living level (with kitchen and large living room which had curtains to separate the space into bedrooms at night), and the top level was for sun bathing and sleeping areas during warm weather. The house was demolished in the 1950s to make way for a new subdivision.
Northport, Long Island, NY
Albert Frey papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.