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Completed in 1984 by architect Charles Harker, the Bloom House is one of the world’s weirdest rentable homes. Walking up to it feels like discovering an enchanted cottage in the woods—and there’s even a set of dwarf-like figures out front, which Harker calls the seven sentinels.

“A lot of art is spoon-fed to the consumer, and we’re told what to think and what to conclude,” says Claunch. “Here, everyone can see something differently.”

The Bloom House’s unusual structure is made almost entirely from polyurethane foam and stucco. “Charles spent seven months out here with an 18-inch pruning saw carving it into shape,” says Claunch. “There were some drawings, but it really evolved as he went and was organic.”


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