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The Architecture of Susan Desko — 30 Cheval, Bellevue, Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho
30 Cheval, Bellevue Idaho, Architect Susan Desko

Last month I had a wonderful opportunity to photograph one of the great unfinished homes of America, 30 Cheval in Bellevue, Idaho.

The house was designed by architect Susan Desko, a local Sun Valley, architect, who was one of the designers who worked on the famous Frank Gehry project, the Lewis House. For those of you who haven’t seen the documentary on Gehry’s work, A Constructive Madness: Wherein Frank Gehry and Peter Lewis Spend a Fortune and a Decade… End Up With Nothing and Change the World, on the Lewis House, definitely check it out. Susan and her work with Gehry are featured in that film.

30 Cheval is a remarkable home that was started but never completed, an unfinished masterpiece in the middle of Idaho. Construction has stopped on the home at this point leaving behind this grand structure high in the mountains of America. Hopefully someday someone will purchase it and finish Susan’s bold designs. The home has spectacular views, especially from the olympic length swimming pool up on the roof cantilevered above the home.

I’ll upload more photos of the home over time, but here are 25 photographs of this amazing property now. Thanks to my pal Scott Jordan for taking me to this fantastical work of art and introducing me to Susan.

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho
Scott’s dog Susie visited the home with us. 🙂

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho
The Idaho view from the full olympic length swimming pool.

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

30 Cheval, Sun Valley Idaho

Scott Jordan and Susan Desko, Bellevue, Washington, 2013
30 Cheval architect Susan Desko with Scott Jordan and his dog Susie.