James Husson-Cote Jr., who has owned Red Roofs since 1996, told me the story in 2010: Mrs. Silva’s Hot Dog Stand was a one-room building with the ordering windows on the side facing the high school. (One window remains.) Using recycled and scavenged material, Harold Eugene Walker, an artist from Ohio, built a live-in studio around the stand. He was found dead on the deck in 1966. When the house was rented after that, Channing Wilroy was a tenant. The next occupants were the sculptor Mirhan Chobanian and his wife, Judy Rice. Chobanian wore saffron robes and staged happenings at the house, which he expanded and called the Investigatorium. It is now known as Red Roofs, as is the property management business run by James’s husband, Johannes Husson-Cote.
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