Sleeper House decked out to deck the halls

December 11, 2015

Colorado Homes magazine has captured the Christmas season with a feature story about an original Christmas tree art installation at the iconic Sleeper House in Genessee.

The magazine article says, “If you’ve ever driven up 1-70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve seen the Sleeper House, more formally known as The Sculptured House — that spaceship-esque residence built almost as if an extension of Genesee Mountain. The distinctively elliptical home was crafted by architect Charles Deaton in 1963 and went on to be featured prominently in the 1973 Woody Allen sci-fi comedy, Sleeper.

“Well, Matthew Bliss, creator of The Modern Christmas Tree, has stepped inside the Sleeper House for a noble cause. A portion of every sale of his lightweight-acrylic, A-frame Christmas trees goes to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America — a cause close to home. Bliss created The Modern Christmas Tree company in tribute to his late grandfather, Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, who was an architect and engineer before battling Alzheimer’s later in life.

“When I was a kid, our family would drive up 1-70 on our way to go skiing,” Bliss said. “Every time we approached Genesee, we would look for what we called the Spaceship House. It’s a mysterious, iconic house to anyone who grew up in Colorado. My grandpa must have driven by it hundreds of times while making A-frame cabins all over the Rocky Mountains, so to be able to photograph his trees in such an important home was a dream come true.”

Each tree includes an LED light, rotating mirror ball, ornament options, and installation kit. Prices range from $299 to $799.

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