The “Sculptured” house is arguably the most recognized house in all of Colorado. You mention the “Spaceship” house or “Sleeper” house to Colorado natives and many will recall childhood memories of riding up I70 excitingly waiting for a glimpse of the Jetsons like home. I too recall seeing this house during family trips to Colorado when I was kid. I always wanted to see it and a few years back I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot there. The photo featured today is an outtake from that photo shoot while I was scouting locations for the evening shots.
The clamshell shaped sculpted house was designed by Charles Deaton, a self-taught modernist architect. Sadly, there is very little published on Deaton. Most people have no idea who designed the house, or confuse him with Charles Heartling, a well-known Boulder modernist architect of the same time period. Those old enough, may know the house as the “Sleeper” house from Woody Allen’s 1973 film, “Sleeper,” where the house was one of several Denver modernist architectural buildings featured. For more on Denver architecture featured in Sleeper, check out this great article by the Denver Eye.
In interviews about the home Deaton said, “People aren’t angular, so why should they live in rectangles?” As much as I love rectilinear Miesian like designs, Deaton makes an interesting point. And from my experience in the space, it feels very nice and comfortable. I admire the creativity of the design, the risk Deaton took to build the house, and I have great appreciation for the current owners who are maintaining the home in meticulous fashion.
For more information on the house and Charles Deaton, Knoll, published a nice piece several years a go. Check it out!