Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - model houses

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1931

Syosset, NY

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Located on two sites on Wallace K. Harrison's estate onbetween 1931-1987;

Architect A. Lawrence Kocher and his Swiss partner, Albert Frey, built this prefabricated house from parts solicited from the Aluminum Corporation of America (later ALCOA), the McClintock-Marshall Corporation (owned by Bethlehem Steel), and the Westinghouse Corporation, was exhibited 04/18/1931-04/25/1931 at the Allied Arts and Building Exhibition in New York, NY; this exhibition was held in conjunction with that year's Architectural League Exhibition at the Grand Central Palace; it was meant to demonstrate the potential of Modern architecture as an affordable solution for mass housing; the New York architect, Wallace K. Harrison, bought the house at the show for approximately $1,000 and moved it to eleven acres of land he owned on Long Island; on Harrison's property, this prefabricated house was moved twice, and a subsequent owner attempted to demolish it in 1986; preservation efforts managed to save the building, and have it moved to the Central Islip campus of the New York Institute of Technology; Kocher and Frey would later design some buildings in Palms Springs, CA, and Frey would settle there, developing a notable series of modern houses.

PCAD id: 3288