Palace of Westminster Had The First Patented Cooling System

Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament in London, England was the first building with a patented cooling system installed in 1834. Jacob Perkins, an expatriate American inventor patented the idea in 1831 then installed during the building’s reconstruction following a destructive fire. The system comprised of cool air entering from the Thames River through pipes that pulled in a draft created by maintaining attic fires.

Date:
      1831, 1834
Name(s):
      Jacob Perkins
Occupation:
      Inventor
Location:
      London, England


Additional Information:

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