In the developing years between 1960 – 1975, when Quesnel’s industries were growing, housing was at a premium.
Several instant housing schemes developed such as Ray Peeble’s Kwik-Lok homes of cedar planks and the increasing use of plywood from the local mill.
An example of the latter is an empty store in Red Bluff across from the Quesnel Veterinary Clinic.
The basic idea was to use plywood gussets to reinforce roof and wall stringers or trusses. The outside wall and roof joint gave a distinct form.
The most unusual form of construction was a round house of Styrofoam, which was blown in to the shape of a mushroom as shown in the picture.
One was erected in the Chew subdivision and existed for some years.
The Quesnel museum can not find a picture of it and would appreciate one if a reader has one.
I remember touring the house when it was offered for sale. I was impressed how there were no corners, just room dividers.
I could see hanging pictures on an exterior wall would be a problem.
The photo is of a currently occupied building in Valemount, of a much later design.
Andy Motherwell is an amateur historian and regular Observer columnist.