It's been likened to a clam shell, a taco, a mushroom and a flying saucer. The futuristic home, perched on the side of Genesee Mountain just west of Denver, Colorado, is called the Sculptured House, but it's probably best known as the house from Woody Allen's 1973 sci-fi satire 'Sleeper.' In the movie, it's the safe house where Allen's character, a 1970s health-food restaurateur, discovers he's been in a cryogenic sleep for 200 years and has been awakened by underground rebels fighting against a totalitarian police state where citizens are led by the nose (literally).

Allen rented the house for $2,000 per day for exterior shots, but scenes inside the house were filmed elsewhere. That's because the house, built by visionary architect Charles Deaton in 1966, was still unfinished inside. Deaton, who designed the curvy building to be free of corners and right angles ("People aren't angular. So why should they live in rectangles?" he said), ran out of money during construction, and the house remained unfinished and uninhabited for decades. A software magnate bought it, spent three years and millions of dollars renovating it, and finally took up residence there in 2006, 40 years after the house was built and 10 years after Deaton's death.
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