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1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

As stunning as anything out there, this 1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA is up for sale.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

The agent describes it as ‘a piece of mid-century modern art’ and I can’t disagree. This is a house you can’t take your eyes off, inside and out. By some distance one of the most impressive MCM houses I have seen for sale in quite a while.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

It looks like new on the photos, but this was designed by the noted local architect Robert Morris back in 1954. That’s right, someone was building houses like this 66 years ago. Few would attempt such a thing in the 21st century.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

But Morris did create this in the 1950s in a desirable area and in what’s described as a ‘spacious’ double plot. So location should be a selling point for this too. Well, as long as you are looking for a place in Colorado. It’s a part of the world that has produced a few interesting WowHaus finds over the years and I suspect is home to a few others too.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Where do I start with this one? I start with that magnificent A-frame, which looks even better when bathed in light, as the top photo shows to great effect. I’ve seen and featured a few A-frames in the past but this is the pick.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

That would be enough, but the appeal goes beyond the front door too. This is the midcentury dream within, with a mix of period detail and modern touches that enhance it further.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

The more prominent details include the clerestory windows, the 16-foot ecclesiastical ceilings with tongue and groove details and the floor-to-ceiling glazing that boosts the natural light. Oh and the wood. All of that lovely wood wherever you look.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

But there’s so much more too. Something catches the eye pretty much overtime you look around the place. Ok, some of it is the furnishings which are unlikely to stay (although you never know) but most is the subtle details that are a key part of the appeal of this updated house.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Let’s talk about the built-in seating, the exposed brick, the flooring, the bespoke cabinetry, the remodelled kitchen with quartz-stone countertops, the light fittings in keeping with the era, the occasional splash of colour or the wood-burning fireplace. All here and all selling points.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Yes, it would be nice if the furniture was staying too, but you could replace that with original midcentury modern pieces or replicas inspired by the era. The important thing here is the house, the original touches and the finish. All is pretty much perfection.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Of course, this being a midcentury modern house, that living space naturally flows outside too, with plenty of recreation space and extra seating under the overhang beyond the main reception. When the sun is out (and I can guess that’s quite a lot in Denver) you have great entertaining and party space too.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

As for the internal space, that covers something like 2,335 sq. ft. in total, with the central hub of that high reception and the kitchen within being the dominant area within the house.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

But there are also three bedrooms here, as well as two bathrooms. What looks like a rather hip office too, although I’m not sure if that’s counted as one of the bedrooms or not. One to check if you sign up for viewing. If you are in the Denver area (and have the cash to spare) you really should.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

The house also has off-street parking, with four garage spaces and two covered spaces too. So parking shouldn’t be an issue.

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

Affording this one might be. It is on the market for $865,000, which works out at £665,000. Not the most expensive I have featured here by any means, but still a significant sum.

Images and details courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA

 

1950s Robert Morris A-frame house in Denver, Colorado, USA
1950s Robert Morris A-frame property in Denver, Colorado, USA