The Menkick House, a masterpiece of mid-century modern design, was built under the creative direction of architect Charles Haertling in the late 1960s. The home’s masterful incorporation of the landscape has earned it legendary status among designers and locals alike.
Widely regarded as the city’s most important piece of architecture, the four-story Menkick House does not appear out of place against the imposing backdrop of Gyp Rock, a massive rock formation that looms behind the home. Rather, Charles Haertling’s design incorporates the landscape into the residence itself. The home’s three stone structures echo Gyp Rock’s three peaks of varying heights—in fact, each structure corresponds in height to one of the rock formations behind it.
The home was constructed using rough lumber and natural stone, further connecting it with the surroundings. High trees descend to a mountain stream on the north end of the property, while the south side features stunning views of Boulder. The design as a whole was intended to give prominence to Gyp Rock and to allow the home and the site to exist in harmony—not only with nature but with the history that occurred on the land during pioneer times. Haertling himself described the home as “an area angels would tread”, referencing a pioneer girl nicknamed Gyp—the rock’s namesake—who perished during a frontier gunfight.
His visionary work earned the home the 1971 Design Citation Award from the Colorado Society of the American Institute of Architects. The site is now one of Boulder’s most recognizable, and continues to draw accolades from designers and to inspire new works.
To see this property, contact James Simpson at 323.819.6632.