Archive for May, 2011

Hideaway near Castle Pines by DU’s architect gets an expansive makeover

Colorado architect Cabell ‘Cab’ Childress, who was tapped by DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie for the University’s eye-catching makeover in the 1990s (including the gold spire) designed his own hideaway 30 years before, shrouded in pines off I-25 near Castle Pines. Builder/artisan Rich Shepherd and his wife Kara (she’s principal at 9-star-rated Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch) have given the place an appealing expansion – and can provide you a tour by appointment.

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Rich and Kara Shepherd show their makeover of DU architect Cab Childress’s personal home, in Happy Canyon near Castle Pines.

The collaborative work at 923 E. Meadow Lane is tucked away in a neighborhood I never knew existed – Happy Canyon, wrapping the scenic buttes east of I-25 as its descends from Castle Pines south to Castle Rock. After exiting at Happy Canyon Road, you’ll wander a winding lane before you find E. Meadow, where Childress marked his drive with a paddle-wheeled wind sculpture by artist Robert Behrens. more »