First air-cooled home | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017

The first air-cooled home in North America (1108 W. Stoughton Street, Urbana) was the result of a cooperative research program between the heating industry and the University. Dedicated in 1924, Research Residence No. 1 provided answers to heating and cooling questions and advanced the development of residential air conditioning. Seichi 'Bud' Konzo, his wife, and young daughter were tenants of Research Residence No. 1, a two-story Colonial-style home near the Illinois campus, while the professor supervised some of the earliest ongoing experiments involving residential central-air conditioning.

Jan 02, 1924
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