1903 rotating! house: Let the sun shine in…all day long
Like many Americans, I have recently been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency. In addition to drinking milk, eating dark leafy greens, and taking 2000 IU’s of D a day, I’ve also been trying to get as much sunlight as possible. When I came across this article in the November 7, 1903 Scientific American, I realized that a possible reason for my deficiency is my home’s inability to rotate.
Pictured here is a home that turns with the sun, which was on display at the Exposition de l’Habitation in Paris in 1903. The idea behind the revolving home, created by Dr. Pellegrin and Parisian architect M. Pettit, was that if home could rotate with the sun, it would be provided with the sunlight needed to create a more healthful and sanitary home. The design of the home was meant to fulfill requirements of heliotherapy based on work by Dr. Nils Finsen, the 1903 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine.