In case you missed it the first time around, please enjoy this encore presentation of the very first Big Something we ever published to the KRCC website on May 21st of this year. It’s a guided audio tour of Pat Musick’s home in Garden of the Gods, which her father, the artist Archie Musick, built by hand into the rocks after World War II. More on that below.

(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 of this local architectural gem!

(Please leave a comment below or send us your thoughts, ideas and tips for future Big Somethings to


3 Responses to Big Something Encore: Pat Musick's Amazing Home in GOG

  1. Cari says:

    fabulous. the early vs. current photos are terrific and show how much things have changed, and i love the connection with other local institutions–FAC, Canon Elementary.

  2. Danna Tullis says:

    I loved this! The earth simplicity is inspiring.

  3. Neena says:

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing it.


Getty Images
October 23, 2016 | NPR · Many experts agree with an appeals court’s decision last month that dreadlocks aren’t a common racial characteristic. But left undecided: What’s a common racial characteristic?

Durrie Bouscaren for NPR
October 23, 2016 | KWMU · South Sudan has been in turmoil for much of the five years since it became independent. That trouble is spilling over into northern Uganda, where refugees are flowing in.

AFP/Getty Images
October 23, 2016 | NPR · With Hillary Clinton, the first woman to head a major party ticket on the ballot, it was always likely there’d be undercurrents of sexism. What surprising is just how out in the open it has been.

Arts & Life

Getty Images
October 22, 2016 | NPR · Ernest Hemingway’s masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.

October 22, 2016 | NPR · We recorded the show in Rochester, N.Y., this week, which is home to the Garth Fagan Dance company. We’ll ask acclaimed choreographer Garth Fagan three questions about really deceitful people.

October 22, 2016 | NPR · Anne Carson’s book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they ‘float,’ which is also the title of her new collection. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.


John Heyn
October 22, 2016 | NPR · Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.

October 22, 2016 | NPR · After suffering a stroke three years ago, Randy Travis had to learn to walk and talk again. This week he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, where he stood onstage and sang.

Courtesy of the artist
October 22, 2016 | NPR · The last surviving Bee Gee has released his first album in more than 30 years. In The Now is colored by the loss of Gibb’s mother and brothers, but he says it’s also about “the idea of having fun.”

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac