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A House on the Prairie ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523402
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jerry Krepakevich, Michael Scott
Directors:  Ron Bashford, Bob Lower
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Canadian History, Documentary, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Physical Geography, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1978
Running Time:  17m 42s


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The promise of riches in a new land lured many settlers to the West, but it was a harsh climate where shelter was the most urgent necessity. A House on the Prairie describes the legacy of these early days: environmentally unsuitable dwellings that now either devour money and fuel to remain functional, or slowly disintegrate in the sun, wind and frost. People today are beginning to recognize the importance of housing suitable to specific environments, and some of these new examples of western Canadian architecture are presented, with comments by designers, builders, and the people who live in the somewhat experimental dwellings.

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