“Sleeper”: Sculpture House by Kasmir Lara V. Osias

They say that the future cannot be told. The future cannot be seen. Yes, you can somehow predict what shall happen but you can never be too sure of it because tomorrow is impulsive. It’s a surprise. You’ll never know for sure until tomorrow is today and later is now. But in some such way, Architect Charles Deaton had a bit of the future in his mind that he sculpted it.

Normally, architects would draw or sketch their designs or plans but not Architect Deaton, he sculpted his design first and then he drew the plans. Through this, he got the name “Sculptured House” as he broke the monotonous rectangular houses of the 60’s.

“People aren’t angular. So why should they live in rectangles?” said Arch Deaton.

Its form, its style and its materials have this certain feel of today. This, as opposed to what the current trend was during the 1960’s, was very opposite, very bold and very out of the box. It was, perhaps, a rebellion. Who would’ve though that this house was built way back in 1963?

Architect Deaton designed it for himself but he never lived in it. Don’t think he didn’t want to because he dreamt to live in it. He just never had the chance to because he couldn’t afford to fix the interiors of it after paying $100,000 for the building itself. He didn’t give up easily; he tried to hold on to it. But for forty years, still its interior sat empty even with the help of $20,000 he got from the Director of the film “Sleeper” Woody Allen, it wasn’t enough. He had to let go. He sold it. Ironic how he built his dream but never really experienced it: “The Habitable Sculpture”.

From one rich man to another, the house was auctioned and sold. Perhaps the owners found it far or hard to keep since Sculpture House was built on Genesee Mountain for that’s how Architect Deaton pictured it – building on a high point to have the world just right below you. Given that, its owner had to drive miles just to get to it thus only letting them live there for ten days or so. Aside from that, its exterior is 50% glass, the teenagers around Genesee Mountain just broke all of them one time and as a result, the snow, rain and animals got in and lived in it. Even the animals got to Arch Deaton’s dream first. After so many years, the house was bought by this buyer who’d never sell it for he looked at it the same way Ach Deaton did. His name is Michael Dunahay.

Michael Dunahay is a descendent of pioneers who settled in Pueblo. “My mother always said the house had the best view in Colorado,” said Dunahay. Lucky for Dunahay, the preceding buyer of the house, Internet billionaire John J. Huggins, renovated it. Huggins paid $2 million for its renovation. Interestingly, he got Arch Deaton’s daughter Charley and her husband to design its interiors. Charley meticulously picked all the furniture because she wanted it to be perfect for her father’s design, as if she wanted to make her father’s dream live. Exotic materials, rare marbles and stones, everything had to perfectly fit. Huggins wanted to enhance it in the best way possible. Aside from hiring Charley, he even got Arch Deaton’s furniture design for the house custom-made. Since he was young, he was already in love with the house but then he never lived in it so he sold it to Michael Dunahay.

http://www.homeandgardenmag.com/living-in-a-sculpture/

Even if Michael Dunahay got to buy it when his mother has passed away, he didn’t regret anything. In fact, he’s thinking of installing a windmill since it gets so airy up there. He wanted to expand the green environment of the said house. This is the difference between Dunahay and all the other buyers. He knew about the story of the house. It wasn’t just a product of a great modernist, it has a story.

Arch Deaton’s father was a geologist. He took them almost everywhere he went and Arch Deaton never forgot those places… the canyons, the gullies, the caves, the rocks and more. He got away from the cities filled with geometric buildings because at that time, Euclid’s grid was what they followed. He found it odd that people lived too geometric while the human anatomy is full of curves. So he came up with a building with no corners and said…

“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.”

SOURCES:

http://www.historycolorado.org/oahp/jefferson-county

http://blog.modboulder.com/deatons-sculptured-house

http://www.homeandgardenmag.com/living-in-a-sculpture/

http://www.forbes.com/2002/09/09/0909how.html

http://www.moderndesigninterior.com/2006/09/charles-deaton-sculptured-house.html

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