There’s No House In The World Like This One In Wyoming

There’s no way to rationalize the construction of this eccentric house. This whimsical home, known as the Smith Mansion, is located in Wapiti Valley, Wyoming, where it sits on a hill overlooking the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. The house is made of logs gathered from Rattle Snake Mountain and features five stories of bumpy slide-like staircases, balconies, and unfinished rooms.

The house, built by Francis Lee Smith, an engineer, started construction in 1980. He spent 12 years working on his 5-story dream home for his wife and three children. He was obsessed with the building of the house and worked on it every single waking moment that he wasn’t at work. Apparently, his building obsession led to a divorce from his wife. Unfortunately, he fell to his death while working on one of the balconies during strong winds.

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Every phase of the house was built on a whim. There were no blue prints or house plans, therefore, the house lacked many essential features. The house had no electricity, instead, it was powered by a generator and the only heat source was a wood stove. Interestingly enough, there were also no designated bedrooms for him or his children.

This handmade piece of art now sits abandoned. Who knows how long this endless construction would have continued if not for his untimely death.