Deaton Sculptured House - Golden, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 42.020 W 105° 16.360
13S E 476623 N 4394533
Quick Description: When architect Charles Deaton designed the “Sculptured House” on Genesee Mountain just outside Denver in Colorado, he had definite ideas about its unique design. “People aren’t angular. So why should they live in rectangles?” he said."
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 5:52:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMFW67
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
Views: 6

Long Description:
"The Woody Allen 1973 film Sleeper was on the tube the other day. The movie is quite funny and interesting in terms of its science fiction angle. The futuristic cars were sensational. But what really attracted my attention was the strange curved house. Something to behold.

When architect Charles Deaton designed the “Sculptured House” on Genesee Mountain just outside Denver in Colorado, he had definite ideas about its unique design. “People aren’t angular. So why should they live in rectangles?” he said.

There’s no way anyone could confuse this house with the rectangular homes of the 1960s. The 7,500-square-foot home is three levels and curves unpredictably. It was designed as a sculpture first; the floor plan for the home was drawn up later (thus it was given the name, “Sculptured House”).

The Deaton-designed house was built in 1963. Delzell Inc. was the original builder of the house on an experimental permit, Clifford M Delzell was owner operator of Delzell Inc.

The interior of the Sculptured House went largely unfinished and was vacant for almost three decades until entrepreneur and one-time Denver, Colorado economic-development chief John Huggins purchased the house in 1999. He built a large addition designed by Deaton with Nick Antonopolous before Deaton’s death in 1996, and commissioned Deaton’s daughter, Charlee Deaton, to design the interior, completed in 2003.

In 2006, fellow Denver entrepreneur Michael Dunahay purchased the house from Huggins. By late 2010, Dunahay had become delinquent on the nearly $2.8 million outstanding balance of his $3.1 million mortgage on the house, and the Public Trustee in Jefferson County, Colorado scheduled a foreclosure auction for November 10, 2010. The house was sold again in November 2010.

Woody Allen released Sleeper 37 years ago, and it’s still one of his top-ten grossing films. It generated about $18 million in sales at the time, but when that figure is adjusted for inflation, it grossed about $52.5 million, making it Woody Allen’s fifth most financially successful film. Sleeper famously ended with the line: “Sex and death: two things that come once in a lifetime. But at least after death you’re not nauseous.” ' (from (visit link) )

The house is located on a private road (with other luxury homes) that is posted 'No Trespassing, Violators subject to arrest'. That sign is found at N39° 41.970, W105° 17.314 which is the entrance to Genesee Estates. The Waymark coordinates are from the Wikipedia page (visit link) since the house is on private property.

The house is easily visible from Interstate 70 where there are pull-offs for people to photograph the iconic house. Many of these photos were taken from N39° 42.408, W105° 16.710. The home is also visible from the east side of Genesee Park at N39° 42.223, W105° 17.146. Both of these coordinates are easy to get to and open to the public.

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Of course, information about the movie 'Sleeper' may be found at (visit link) ; (visit link) and (visit link) .
Street address:
24501 Ski Hill Dr.
Golden, CO USA
80401


County / Borough / Parish: Jefferson

Year listed: 2004

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1950-1974

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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