(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right hand of the slide show to view it full screen).

Few people outside the arts community remember the Colorado Springs-based artist Archie Musick. Musick arrived via freight train in 1924 and began to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy. He quickly became one of the region’s most inventive painters, blending landscape and surrealist visions with a minimal Japanese style. Shortly after World War II, Musick began building his dream home on what was then a wide-open space near Garden of the Gods. Sandwiched between two outcrops of Fountain sandstone, Musick incorporated the landscape into the very walls of the house.

Musick died in 1978, shortly before his major retrospective at the Fine arts Center. “He called it his ‘major reprehensive,'” said his daughter Pat Musick, an accomplished enamel artist, who now lives and makes art in the home Archie built. She invited us in for a guided audio slideshow this local architectural gem!

(Please leave a comment below or send us your thoughts, ideas and tips for future Big Somethings to thebigsomething@krcc.org.)


13 Responses to Between a Rock and Bunch of Other Rocks! A Guided Tour of Artist Pat Musick's Amazing Home in Garden of the Gods

  1. suesun says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for the early morning smile.

  2. Bob & Nell Carnein says:

    Thanks for your new feature. If the first slide show is an example of what’s to come, we’ll look forward to the next installment, and to seeing more of Musick’s work at the Fine Arts Center.

  3. Stephanie Wegner says:

    wow….love this idea already!! looking forward to the next big something!

  4. Yeah, that was cool. The audio slide-show was a nice way to receive this story. Hearing Pat’s voice added a lot to the presentation. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for that! Loved it. Looking forward to the next.

  6. Tamara Moore says:

    I love the “Big Something” concept. Great story – thank you for sharing.

  7. Barbara Hegarty says:

    Absolutely remarkable! I’m posting this to my FB page so everyone can see it.

  8. Liz Arnold says:

    This is a very cool concept and I am thrilled to be getting this email! Fun home and so generous of Pat to share this significant bit of Colorado Springs history!

  9. Marina Eckler says:

    Isn’t that beautiful rug hanging up at the FAC?

  10. rnnrbaby says:

    I am her neighbor on Studio. I had always heard that the street was started because of an artist, and now as they say, I know the “rest of the story”. Unfortunately our family has outgrown our home and we are reluctantly selling. It is a dream location! Studio neighborhood is the best!

  11. […] there any amazing homes or buildings like THIS ONE we could […]

  12. […] Aside from its architecture and illustrious guest list , the auditorium is also home to the Lon Chaney Theater (named after the great silent film actor and native son of Colorado Springs) and the 1927 Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, which, according to the excellent Friends of the Historic City Auditorium website was installed in in 1976 after having been saved from the Burns Theatre before it was leveled. The lunettes in its foyer also house two exquisite WPA-era murals by local Broadmoor Academy artists Tabor Utley (who painted the famous image of Martha Graham dancing onstage at the Fine Art Center’s opening in 1936) and Archie Musick. […]

  13. […] Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell […]


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