503 Blackmon St N
October 22 2001
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Rectangular "environmental vernacular" home with membrane covered barrel roof with protecting eaves. Porch has similar roof supported by chunky concrete columns.
Built by Angus Elliot McQuage (a Bethune welder) circa 1956 as an energy efficient home. Handmade concrete blocks were used in the wall construction. The house used aluminum panels on the roof to collect energy to heat and cool the house. The hot water heater was also mounted on the roof to use solar energy to heat water. Early example of a "green house." Mr. McQuage's daughter, Kim, used to be embarrassed by her family home because of its unusual shape. A progressive man, Mr. McQuage, also built the family's furniture.