Deaton’s ingenuity for modern design likely came from when he worked at a Lockheed aircraft plant in California during World War II where he used practical engineering and design concepts to transform sheet metal into aerodynamic shapes.
He began his architectural career in New York City in the 1940s with no formal training, doing minor freelance work. In 1949, Deaton moved to St. Louis and became an in-house designer for the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation. But by 1955, he had left the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America and moved to Denver where he lived the rest of his life.
While in Denver, Deaton had a rich architectural career, designing prominent banks, commercial buildings, and residences. His prominent designs included the Central Bank and Trust in Denver (1960; demolished), Key Savings and Loan (1965; now Colonial Bank), and his own residence, the Sculptured House (1966). However, his most important bank design may have been the highly sculptural Wyoming National Bank in Casper. In this isolated location and early in his career (1961), he had his first chance to use new security mechanisms, security doors and vaults, office furniture and a “squiggle” lighting system.
See the Charles Deaton page on Wikipedia.