America's ugliest mansions? Maybe not

The futuristic house that appeared in Woody Allen's 'Sleeper' made Forbes' list of ugly mansions. See what you think.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Sep 6, 2012 6:16AM

Credit: Denver Westword/Patrick YoungIf you're in the mood to make fun of the rich, Forbes has rounded up a list of what it calls "America's Ugly Mansions."


We're not sure how they narrowed the list down to just seven. We particularly hate the fake Mediterraneans with two-story entryways and marble floors that proliferate in Florida and California. If there is one thing American architecture demonstrates, it is that money and taste do not always go together.


We've actually seen much uglier than the homes on the Forbes list, and we're not sure we find the Colorado home known as the "Sleeper House" ugly at all. The Colorado media are quite huffy about the designation, too.


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"The magazine claims  'it's perfect ... for aliens' — but plenty of us humans love the place," Michael Roberts writes at Westword, which published a large gallery of photos so you can make your own decision.

"Everybody has a story about driving up to go skiing and seeing it," owner Toni Winkler, who first noticed the house on the way to camp when she was in sixth grade, told The Denver Post last year. "Everybody has a connection."

If you think the home looks familiar, it could be because you saw it in the 1973 Woody Allen film "Sleeper."

The house was designed in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton, who also designed Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City, Mo. The house has four bedrooms and four baths in 6,805 square feet. It's on 5.28 acres and is visible from Interstate 70.

The iconic home sold at a foreclosure auction in late 2010 for just over $1.5 million, less than half of what the previous owner paid for it in 2006. Winkler and her husband, Larry, plan to live in the home once they complete improvements to make it energy-efficient. That includes figuring out what to do about 156 mostly single-pane windows.


"Architecturally, the house is over the top, but energy-efficiency-wise, it's not so cool — or it's very cool," Larry Winkler told The Post. "We want to make it a 'green' house. Right now, it's a chunk of concrete and glass sitting on top of a mountain."

The Winklers plan to store the furniture, also designed by Deaton, which is not their style.


What do you think? Is this an ugly mansion?

Sep 15, 2012 1:38PM
It looks more hamburgers than a house :)
Sep 15, 2012 12:23PM
Yeah, remember seing this the first time back in the 60's going skiing at Winter Park, always thought it was real neat!, but also wondered how they got up there?
Sep 15, 2012 9:05AM
my double  wide was not on this list.  its beautiful and home for me and my family.
Sep 15, 2012 8:17AM
I grew in Highland Park, Texas at 4900 Lakeside Dr. which was, probably, one of the most classically beautiful Greek Revival homes in Texas. My grandfather built the home which my mother bought after his death. Subsequent to my mother's death, the home was sold to a family that remodeled the home into a McMansion. The horrible affects on the architecture of the same remodeling of this once beautiful home were featured on the front cover of D Magazine under the title "What's Happened to Highland Park?"
Sep 15, 2012 8:02AM
um. where's all the pics aaand.. my house is 2800 sq ft with 5 beds and 3 baths.  its a downgrade from what i'm used to. i think its small lol.  how is 2500 sq ft considered large by any means? i've got 5 people living in it with 4 dogs so it feels cramped to me!
Sep 15, 2012 7:07AM
Where all the pictures of the ugly masions?  Just one cool looking concrete clam, not much description.  Then a video about McMansions,   Thought this was worst journalism and checking than Fox News. 
Sep 12, 2012 11:18AM
Sep 12, 2012 8:55AM
no it''s fine a little odd but if you went through there list you have to admit the concrete block & ceder house was realy bad. that house would be on just about anybody's WTH list.
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