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Dimetrodon

By Tom Ran

Published: July 1, 2013 under Architecture

Exterior of the Dimetrodon in Warren, Vermont.

Photo: Fleming Museum

Exterior of the Dimetrodon in Warren, Vermont.

Interior of the Dimetrodon in Warren, Vermont.

Photo: Fleming Museum

Interior of the Dimetrodon in Warren, Vermont.

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A number of experimental architecture began to flourish during the mid ’60s to late ’70s in Vermont that utilized unconventional techniques and aesthetic. These houses and buildings would dot the green pastures of rural Vermont, emphasizing their beauty and distinctive appearance.

While in architecture school in the early 1970s, William Maclay and his colleagues embarked on a project that would re-imagine a neighborhood full of energy and life. Named after the prehistoric creature, the Dimetrodon would be a sustainable project that incorporated solar, wind and wood energy systems. The result was a multi-family community that consisted of five houses surrounding a common courtyard. Most of the land was undisturbed and used for farming purposes. Over four decades later these homes are still standing and functioning in Warren, Vermont and have become a model of sustainable living. See more photos of the Dimetrodon and other amazing homes from that era on Flemming Museum’s flickr page.

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