An ornate, free-standing, three-story elevator tower fronts this stepped house, which climbs a ski slope to its upper-level horizontal picture windows and balconies. Now hemmed in by condominiums, it reigned briefly as the house to end all houses in the Aspen contest for ever bigger, more palatial homes. California-Colorado-Hawaii developer and hotel magnate Chris Hemmeter razed a two-family condominium at the base of Aspen Mountain for a Post-modern mansion that architect Lawrence Yaw compared to Hemmeter's taste in hotel design, “very opulent, very ornate—explosive.” Hemmeter sold it in 1988 for $16.3 million to the Marshall Field family of Chicago.
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