In Denver's historic Montclair neighborhood, renowned architect Victor Hornbein's personal residence is now on the market. “One of a kind. Once in a generation.” This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of history. This home has only been listed once on the MLS since it was built in 1948. Victor designed many residences and public buildings in and around Denver, one of the most notable and recognizable being the Botanic Gardens conservatory. (photo inset?)
Victor translated every element of Frank Lloyd Wright's Ustonian period architecture that he loved so much into his design of this special home. Melding art, architecture and nature together spoke is defining of the Ustonian style.
Mid-century modern architecture, furniture and decor has made a resounding comeback in recent years - and for good reason. The elements that set it apart - connecting the structure to the site, bringing the outdoors in, and flowing, open, horizontal living areas all work well here in Colorado and appeal to those that desire simple and modern, but not sterile designs.
Victor worked on Art Deco design projects during his high school internships. He always thought the style was too fussy and intricate and when he was given a Frank Lloyd Wright book as an award for his internships, he immersed himself in learning all he could and became known as Denver’s Ustonian architect for residential projects. He incorporated all of the emblematic features of the style in his designs, including the use of natural elements such as wood and stone, both inside and out, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. Natural energy efficiency is another feature of his designs, including clerestory windows that can be opened and closed to control airflow and provide natural cooling. Cantilevered overhangs shield the home from the hot sun, while window and site placement of the homes he designed also keep the structures naturally warm in the winter.
This home takes the best of this period in architectural history to an elevated level. The free-standing studio, which was Victor's architectural studio, has cherry wood built-ins and a remodeled 3/4 bath. The unique and expansive library lends itself to a variety of uses for the discriminating buyer. An updated kitchen, bathrooms, a contemporary fireplace and theater room offer modern conveniences without compromising the original architectural integrity of the structure. Wood and glass accents, a built-in banquette for informal dining, the original brick walled fireplace and the glassed ceiling and window atrium take a step back in time to the home’s roots.
Multiple patios that can open up from different spaces within the residence, along with copper rain chains and the one of kind courtyard bedecked with custom red and blue sandstone pavers beckons residents and visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors in this Zen-like setting. The courtyard's tranquility is further enhanced by a landscaped pond. The epitome of mid-century modern architecture and a piece of history are all rolled into one in this beautiful statement home at 714 Pontiac.
Who: Corriere Group LLC – Commerical, Residential and Business Brokers
Susan and Jason Corriere
10940 S Parker Rd., #631
Parker, CO 80134
What: Victor Hornbein designed mid-century modern, 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3554 sq. ft home on a 16,300 sq. ft sprawling treed lot – offered at $1,700,000
Where: 714 Pontiac St., Denver, CO 80220 in Denver's Historic Montclair neighborhood
When: Make this home part of your history now
Why: Once in a lifetime opportunity