Topic: "Norian" - Brewster's "Beehive House" - 1953
Formerly at 36b Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth
Norian - Sanders Ave.
"Norian", [NO RIght ANgles] was Roy Brewster’s house in Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth. Many Taranaki people remember ‘The Bee Man’, Edgar Roy Brewster (1906-78). A brilliant but enigmatic man, Brewster believed that right angles were alien to harmonious living, and set about creating an environment which suited his philosophies.
In 1953, he and his wife Nettie, built the ‘beehive’ house. The hexagonal house in Sanders Avenue was a popular tourist attraction in New Plymouth. The accompanying photographs from postcards show the house and some interior rooms. Brewster demolished the house in the 1970s and began reconstructing a new version at the Frankley dairy factory but when he died in 1978 it was still uncompleted.
Brewster, an apiarist from his youth, produced and sold his own honey under the "Norian" brand. He also experimented with aviation theory and technology - he was, briefly, the owner of a Flying Flea - and wrote and published music.
Some of Norian's furniture and Brewster's models are now held by the Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum (TATATM) SHW 3 at Mangorei.