The fungus house in Cincinnati

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This house is actually known as “The Mushroom House” but there are so many mushroom houses out there (see here, here and here), I decided to nick-name it the “fungus” house. Because it actually looks more like a fungus growth to me.

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The Fungus/Mushroom House is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a normal suburban house when architect/designer Terry Brown bought it in the late 1980’s.

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During the next 15 years Brown tweaked and tinkered the house into a work of art that resembles something, well, not from this galaxy.

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How he pulled legal permits for this thing is beyond my cerebral capacity. But it might have something to do with the fact that Brown was a professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati.

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Brown recruited eager university students to help create his funky vision of a ‘shroom house in a typical suburban landscape. Brown actually used this creation as his office, rather than a home.

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Like many large-scale art installations, Brown’s mushroom house stands out like a provocative [obscene gesture] amidst its conventional neighbors.

Tragically, Brown was killed in a car wreck in Texas in 2008. He had been living there raising longhorn cattle and teaching at Baylor University in Waco since 2005 but he also continued to maintain his architect firm in Cincinnati.

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Brown used organic, sculptural forms in most of his later work, including the mushroom house. He utilized a wide variety of materials in his projects including: wood, colored glass, shells, ceramics, and various forms of metals.

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The mushroom house in the Hyde Park area of Cincinnati is currently listed for sale at $349,000.

Have a look inside the 1,200 square foot home…

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Everything in and on the house is hand-crafted, right down to the tiles, making it a one-of-a-kind work of art.

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The original frame of the house dates back to 1913, but it’s not clear how much of the original house remains intact. It does has one bedroom and one bathroom and a functioning kitchen, so it is still considered a ‘single family home’.

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The mushroom/fungus house has been listed for sale since April of this year and I have been unable to find out if it sold yet – the listing was suspended on November 13th.

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However, I was able to find out that Terry Brown purchased the house in 1989 for all of $36k. That’s some awesome appreciation if the house was to sell for anywhere near the asking price of $349,000!

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But I don’t think there would be many comparables for this home… hitting on the right selling price may be a bit tricky.

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For more information on the Cincinnati Mushroom House see the following sources:

http://www.agilitynut.com/h/treehouse.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2012/05/09/slideshow-heres-a-look-inside.html?s=image_gallery

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/080811brown.asp

http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-05-04/house-of-the-week-mushroom-house-in-cincinnati/

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