The Aluminaire House, a 1,200-square-foot structure billed as the first all-metal home built in the United States, has been called one of “the pivotal works of modern architecture in America” by respected critic Paul Goldberger.
The 1931 masterpiece was even highlighted in a MoMA exhibit on modern architecture.
It also may be the most hated house in New York.
After rankling a Queens historic district, the aluminum building has languished inside a storage facility since 2012. Before that, it had been subjected to vandals on Long Island.
And so, on Wednesday, the house’s disassembled panels, pipes and beams began a 2,800-mile trek from Ronkonkoma to Palm Springs, Calif., inside a 45-foot-long trailer at a cost of $15,000.
The desert resort city, some 100 miles from downtown Los Angeles and celebrated for its stock of modern properties, will become its new permanent home. The city plans to reassemble it in a planned park and open it to the public in 2018.