Contemporary home built by uranium tycoon asks $30 million

On the edge of the Nevada desert, this modern mansion looms out of the surrounding trees with its distinct copper roofs. Built in the 1960s, it has a unique contemporary look and a plethora of high tech features. The home has been listed recently for $30 million.

The Nevada home was built in the 1960s by the late Charles Steen. Known as “The Uranium King,” Steen had a classic rags-to-riches story that culminated in his discovering highly lucrative uranium deposits in Utah. The claims which he staked in the 1950s eventually made him a millionaire. The home is located in the Washoe Valley, near Reno and Carson City.

The property is very substantial. The main residence is 18,000 square feet and holds eight bedrooms. There are also a garage, a guest house, a caretaker’s residence, and several barns. The main residence has distinct, pointed copper roofs.

Stylistically, the home is very contemporary and iconically 60s. It was designed by the architect Clarence Mayhew and incorporates a lot of marble, glass, and wooden beams.

In addition to its striking look, the home was also kitted with a lot of technological gadgetry. The most impressive of these is in the 3,800 square foot atrium. The huge space has a glass roof that is completely retractable, and it is an impressive work of engineering even by today’s standards.

The home’s current owners are David and Debra Clark. They bought the home from a bank in 2009 for $4 million. The couple estimate that they spent an additional $7 million expanding and renovating the property. They installed a geothermal energy system that can power the whole house. As Mrs. Clark is a horse breeder, they also added a stallion barn and utilized the ranch aspects of the property.

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