Grand Opening of the Solar House, Saturday, May 31

11am to 5pm: Guided Tours of the Solar House and the Westcott House. Tours are $5 each and are offered every 30 minutes. To make a reservation please call 937-327-9291 or contact

6pm to 7:30pm: Wine Tasting at the Solar House. $25 per person.

7:30-9:00pm: PechaKucha Night in the gardens of the Westcott House.

ABOUT SOLAR@WESTCOTT: The Westcott House Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to offer public programs at the Solar Decathlon House designed and built by NU students for the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition. Norwich University donated the Delta T90 house to be displayed on the site adjacent to the Westcott House to serve as a learning lab. Through series of design education activities, our audience has an opportunity to engage in dialogue about sustainable practices and gain a better understanding of the opportunities for community improvement presented by creative and innovative design

The Delta T90 house is an ambitious project that strives to achieve the goal of blending energy efficiency, affordability and aesthetic appeal. In January 2012, Norwich University was awarded a spot in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, an international competition run by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team placed 12th overall and received a prestigious Byron Stafford award. This special award, created in honor of longtime operations manager for Solar Decathlon, Byron Stafford, who passed away in 2013, is meant for the team that best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Stafford, who has been closely involved with the competition since its conception in the late 1990s. Stafford was described as honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast and genuine.

Between 2007 and 2011, the Westcott House hosted architecture students from Miami University and their Fall Honors Studio to create schemes for the site development. Their final studies were presented to Westcott House board, staff and general public. As a result, the Westcott House received a number of studies to help identify the best approach for our new public space. Currently, we are working with the landscape architect Carol Yetken to develop a final masterplan for the Solar@Westcott site, drawing an inspiration from Miami University student work. Carol is a founder of CYLA Design Associates, responsible for projects such as landscaping plan for Millennium Park in Chicago. Solar Decathlon House is now part of this larger vision, serving as a northeast anchor to our site

This initiative has been recognized by the Ohio Arts Council with the award of a highly competitive grant “Creative Economy.” We also received a “Museums for America” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS selected our project as one of 152 programs nationwide (out of 470 applications received). According to the panelists "of a particular significance and merit is the innovative approach to community engagement. The melding of 20th century architecture and modern green technology for the benefit of the community is worthwhile endeavor. This project will build capacity and skills in reaching new audiences that all historic houses are looking for.”

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