The excavator won.
Tom McGee’s controversial house, which he built in 1991 atop Iron Mountain, was crushed Wednesday by a demolition crew’s excavator a day after it mysteriously broke a steel track just 50 feet from the summit.
By evening, all that remained was the foundation of the modest house, which had just two small bedrooms, a one-car garage and a tiny living room and kitchen. But it was wrapped with decks that offered panoramic views of Ute Pass and Manitou Springs, the Garden of the Gods and Colorado Springs.
But while McGee and his family enjoyed their perch at the summit, folks below were enraged and his time there was spent embroiled in lawsuits and often nasty name-calling as Manitou Springs officials and residents over the issue of property rights and development on the surrounding mountains – Sheep, Iron and Red – which form the scenic backdrop to the tourist town.
McGee finally sold his house and 99 acres in 2010 for $1.1 million to Manitou, giving up his dream of developing upwards of 30 homes on his property after he was repeatedly denied access to Manitou streets, was refused annexation or water and sewer service he needed to develop his land.
See more photos of the McGee house in the previous blog post.