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Exterior views of Ruth Reynolds Freeman’s Vermont solar house circa 1946. This original drawing, by Reynolds Freeman, appeared in the groundbreaking book, “Your Solar House”. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

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Designing Vermont’s first solar house

1946 passive design is still innovative

Anticipating today’s solar-energy movement, a talented Vermont architect tackled the technical problems of designing the first, passive-solar residence especially suited for Vermont’s variable climate.


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