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Fire Tower

Location: Judith Mountains, Mont., USA
Architect: Prairie Wind Architecture

Old forest fire-spotting towers, now obsolete in the era of aerial observation, are being repurposed as rustic camp-style guest houses and as homes. Note that the Judith Mountain Cabin, pictured here, was commissioned in 1989 by the son of a forester and built to look like a vintage fire tower using recycled materials. This one is more practical than a real tower, without all the climbing (or views) of this astounding fire-tower-style home, which is also in Montana.

Photo: Prairie Wind Architecture