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A Controversial Vail Home Made of Glass

Photography: Sean Boggs

This one-of-a-kind home in Vail, Colorado, caused quite the uproar in 1988 for its avant-garde style. Five levels of glass look out over the slopes—an approach that doesn't quite fit in amidst a community of Bavarian-style houses.

The controversial structure was built as a vacation home for Michael Tennenbaum, founder of the Santa Monica-based alternative investment firm Tennenbaum Capital Partners, who is also an avid skier.

Tennenbaum hired Edward Niles out of Malibu, California, to design this modern retreat, which was built by Schaeffer Construction with a series of smaller boxes and a steel structural system that allows for almost two-dimensional lines.

The 5,132-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a two-car garage. In addition includes: a wet bar, split-level seating area, steam shower, sauna, radiant-heated marble floors (the driveway and granite steps leading to the street are also heated), a maid's room and a huge central fireplace. The home won the Beam Award for best single-family residence.

Step inside the glass castle and see for yourself. Is it an eyesore or a sight to be seen?


Architect: Edward R. Niles 
Builder: Shaeffer Construction
Project Administrator: Ray Story, with Pierce, Segerberg & Spaeh

​The home is currently on the market for $13.9 million. Ron Byrne of Ron Byrne & Associates Real Estate is the listing agent.

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