It was the late 1950’s. California was booming. Developers, led by Joseph Eichler, were building open-plan homes that let the outdoors in with open-air atriums and lots of glass.
Homebuilder David S. Miller loved the modern architecture, but wanted to add year-round livability to the popular atrium spaces. In 1958, he designed and built a fully automatic retractable roof for the center courtyard of a Diamond Heights house in San Francisco.
Even at a higher asking price, the house sold quickly. So did the next one. Soon, Miller patented his design and quit building homes to focus exclusively on making retractable roofs.
Almost 60 years and 2,400 installations later, Rollamatic is still a family-run business with a passion for art and architecture.