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Deaton House

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1966, Charles Deaton. On Mr. Genesee overlooking I-70
  • Deaton House (Tom Noel)

“People aren't angular. So why should they live in rectangles?” asked Charles Deaton, who calls himself a “sculptural architect.” The Denver architect built this “flying saucer” or “clamshell” house as his home and studio. It is a habitable sculpture on a reinforced concrete pedestal. Precast columns support a double shell of concrete sprayed on a welded steel frame. In this elliptical, three-story, cement and glass house, the doors, windows, walls, closets, and furniture are all curved, except for a few straight lines in the kitchen. The 3,000-square-foot house, built for $100,000, starred in the Woody Allen movie Sleeper.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Deaton House", [Golden, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 163-164.

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