|"The design, by architect Edwin Francis, is unique in its interesting
combination of organic, futuristic, and art modern elements that reflect
not only its time period but illustrate an adaptation to its western, mountain-top
setting" Leslie Wildeson, State Historic Preservation Office.
Dream is Built
When constructed between 1939 and 1941, the Crest House was the highest
structure in the world, at 14,260 feet above sea level. It was designed to symbolize
the high sky and was built in the shape of a star with large windows overlooking
Denver. Interior light had round globes that resembled the moon.
On September 1, 1979, a propane explosion destroyed the Crest House and
a piece of history was lost forever. Amidst, the rubble and twisted steel
beams, the arched wall and star shaped platform remained intact.
A New Beginning
In 1992, the Arapaho National Forest began to stabilize the remains and
convert the Crest House into an observation platform. Now, the "Castle in
the Sky" is a place of contemplation for visitors to Mount Evans.