A 20th Century Cliff House

In the 1970s, retired construction contractor Charles Nystrom became fascinated with the idea of building a Native American-style cliff house, though with modern amenities, and finally did so in 1977.



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Exterior face of the Nystrom's cliff house. The chimney at right was built from rock removed during the blasting of the cave.
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Chuck Nystrom and his dog admire the wide open view from the balcony.
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Exposure to the cave's wall within the comfortable living space—along with a stone fireplace and wooden beams—help to maintain a feeling of the home's origins.
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The incredibly convoluted cross-bedding of the Mesozoic sandstone achieves textures unrivaled by human efforts.
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