American Experience

The Dover Sun House

Clip: Season 35 Episode 5 | 3m 39s

In 1948, the Nemethy family moved into a curious new solar powered house in Dover, Massachusetts. The Dover Sun House, as it came to be known, was designed by physicist Mária Telkes, and it was the first modern house to be heated by nothing but the sun. This short video details the Nemethy experience of living there while also explaining the thermal heating system used to heat the home.

Aired: 04/04/23

Rating: NR

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