Before the days of electric refrigeration people didn’t have to wait until winter to try to keep things cool. Our ancestors developed an exceptional ( and totally eco! ) way of cooling. They cut ice from the rivers in wintertime, stored it mostly in underground icehouses and brought it out in summer to use in iceboxes that nearly every household had. It was ingenious really.
When we were invited to inspect a really huge barn near Brackley PEI we heard that there was a basement under the barn. This is actually very rare so we were intrigued. Upon arrival we learned that the basement was indeed an underground storage warehouse for a huge distributor of “ice”.
The “cellar” as it would have been referred to was humongous. Nearly 10,000 square feet. We were first very disappointed to see the floor was almost completely rotted out,…but disappointment turned again to excitement when we began to examine the walls. Sixty years of ice being packed into the cellar had produced an incredible patina on the surface of the walls. We agreed to salvage the barn ( which was destine to be burnt as practice for the local fire department!!) and thus our icehouse floor was created. Check out the special patina this floor has. There is nothing else like it. Tell your friends the story of the ice house as you walk across your floor ..to the fridge!