The Sculptured House, or the "Sleeper" House as it's better known, recently made Forbes list of America's Ugliest Mansions. Designed by architect Charles Deaton and built in 1963, the house was famously featured in Woody Allen's 1973 film Sleeper. The house sat empty for over 30 years until being purchased in 1999 by a Colorado internet millionaire who restored it with the help of Deaton's daughter Charlee, an interior designer. It was sold again in 2006 to a man who eventually fell behind on payments. In 2010, the house sold at foreclosure auction for $1.5 million. After a legal squabble to evict the recalcitrant owner, the house changed hands again in 2011 with its new owners vowing to make it more energy efficient.
Interiors, circa 2009.
So why my interest in this other than the local real estate gossip value? This is the mountain where we had a house under contract this summer. We will list the Barbie Dream House again in the spring and hope to make it back up the mountain next year. It's glorious, isn't it?
America's Ugly Mansions [Forbes]
"Sleeper" House is sold at foreclosure auction [The Denver Post]
Iconic "Sleeper" house faces a more energy-efficient future [The Denver Post]