Sam Green/The Journal Brett LeCompte built this house for a fan of the Hobbit movies.

Dolores builder brings Middle-earth Hobbit houses to Southwest Colorado

The creations of natural-materials builder Brett LeCompte of Dolores are featured in the 2017 architecture book, Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn.

Several pages display LeCompte’s straw-bale home on Granath Mesa and two Hobbit houses he built in Montezuma County.

When local fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit asked him to build a circular Hobbit house in McElmo Canyon, he took on the...


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