Peter Shelton

A Home in 30,000 Pieces, Delivered

Posted in Road Trips West by pshelton on June 29, 2013

Sears, Roebuck and Company “Modern Homes” get most of the ink. But Montgomery Ward, Sears’ Chicago-based competitor and predecessor, actually, in the mail-order catalogue business, sold kit homes, too, something like 25,000 of them between the years 1909 and 1932.

I found one a couple of miles out the Dry Creek Valley east of Ridgway, a four-gable, white clapboard place at the edge of the irrigated hay fields. (more…)

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A Live-In Work of Art

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on January 13, 2013

The front door of the house opens into a gallery, a high, white-walled room that was once the center bay of the barn. Antonio Marra’s abstract sculptures people the space. There are bronzes and plaster studies that have yet to be cast. Some were inspired by the movement, and womanly forms, of ballet dancers Marra observed in his past life in New York City. Others recall great angular slabs of sandstone sheared from the cliffs in canyon country west of Ridgway, the sculptor’s new home. (more…)

A Forest Glen in Downtown Ridgway

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on July 4, 2011

Here is a story from the current Shelter magazine:

“Little kids love this house. They call it the Hobbit House.”

Bob Mann sat at his kitchen table in Ridgway with the morning light, filtered through a million leaves, painting the windows behind him.

“Strangers once walked right up and peered in the windows as if they thought it was abandoned,” Mann said, delighted. (more…)