Sculptured House

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Deaton Sculptured House
Sleeper house.jpg
Sculptured House is located in Colorado
Sculptured House
Sculptured House is located in the United States
Sculptured House
LocationGenesee Mountain, Jefferson County, Colorado, US
Nearest cityGolden, Colorado
Coordinates39°42′2″N 105°16′36″W / 39.70056°N 105.27667°W / 39.70056; -105.27667Coordinates: 39°42′2″N 105°16′36″W / 39.70056°N 105.27667°W / 39.70056; -105.27667
Area15.3 acres (6.2 ha)
ArchitectCharles Deaton
Architectural styleModern Movement, Sculptural Expressionism
NRHP reference No.02000385[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 24, 2004

The Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House, is a distinctive elliptical curved house built in Genesee, Jefferson County, Colorado, on Genesee Mountain in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton. It is featured prominently in the 1973 Woody Allen sci-fi comedy Sleeper.[2]


Architect Charles Deaton has described his inspiration for the house: "On Genesee Mountain I found a high point of land where I could stand and feel the great reaches of the Earth. I wanted the shape of it to sing an unencumbered song."[3]


The Deaton-designed house was built in 1963.[4] Delzell Inc., owned and operated by Clifford M. Delzell, was the original builder of the house on an experimental permit. Deaton ran out of money before the house was finished, so it was never inhabited by the designer.

The interior of the Sculptured House went largely unfinished and was vacant for almost three decades. Deaton died in 1996. In 1999, entrepreneur and one-time Denver economic-development chief John Huggins purchased the house.[4] He built a large addition designed by Deaton with Nick Antonopoulos. Huggins commissioned Deaton's daughter Charlee to design the interior, and it was completed in 2003.[5] The house covers 7,700 sq ft (720 m2) over five levels, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, along with a state of the art kitchen and top level master suite.[6]

In 2006, fellow Denver entrepreneur Michael Dunahay purchased the house from Huggins.[4] 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, where it was sold for $1.5 million.[4] The house was sold again in November 2010.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "The top houses from the movies". The Daily Telegraph. London. May 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Bradbury, Dominic; Powers, Richard (2009). The Iconic House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900. Thames & Hudson. p. 168. ISBN 978-0500342558.
  4. ^ a b c d e Hudson, Kris (October 22, 2010). "Woody Allen's 'Sleeper' House Hits Foreclosure Block". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Leland, John (4 January 2001). "RETROFITTING THE 70'S; Rescuing a Vision Of a Well-Rounded World". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Flying saucer 'Sleeper' home off I-70". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  7. ^ "House featured in 'Sleeper' movie sold at auction". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. November 10, 2010.
  8. ^ Roberts, Michael (11 November 2010). "Sleeper house photo tour: See what you could have bought for $1.53 million". Westword.[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ "At Home, 2001". The 21st Century. Episode 1.2. 27 March 1967. CBS.
  10. ^ Ahier, Brian (11 February 2013). "Walter Cronkite - "The 21st Century" March 12, 1967" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "A tough sale despite orgasmatron". Denver Post. 16 Jun 2006.

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