Icehouse roofs and Above-Sheathing Ventilation

Before mechanical refrigeration, people used carefully designed architecture to keep buildings cool passively. The photo above shows a building that was common before refrigeration, an ice storage warehouse (Harvesting the River, Illinois State Museum) When the river froze in winter, ice was cut from it and packed in sawdust for use during the summer. Ice was the only way to keep food cool in summer.  Continue reading Icehouse roofs and Above-Sheathing Ventilation

Dan Johnson