A Mysterious Door involving Yale & Towne
While I have always been aware that the house was blessed with luscious hardware, until doing the post I did not quite realize just how luscious fabulous delicious the hardware was.
So, this new “discovery” has been a lot of fun. Which led me to…
THE MYSTERIOUS DOOR
The first floor of the house has a bathroom. I think, think, it was originally a powder room (sink/toilet), and was converted into a full bath (sink/toilet/tub) during the 1929 conversion of the house into apartments.
While restoring the bathroom, I removed its door last year, and it has been leaning again a wall ever since.
The door has always been an item of curiosity, for instead of having a standard door knob set, it had a pull handle and HUGE odd hinges.
Until today I gave these oddities not much thought (for, there were 6, 768 other things about the house demanding attention).
Today though, I have answers to these oddities.
Prepare to be…astounded!
I pondered all this weirdness.
And pondered a bit more.
It all made no sense, but as it all seemed original it MUST have made sense in 1894, right?
Then it hit me. And the over-the-top hinges provided the answer.
- The hinges are self-closing. Yep, self-closing.
- This means that the bathroom door would ALWAYS remain closed.
- Thus, anybody walking down the hall to the family entrance door would not be assaulted with the visual indelicacy of a visible toilet. Oh, the horror. The horror!
- In short, all the weirdness was to protect delicate Victorian-era sensibilities.
- Because the door was self-closing, it did not need a normal knob set. Instead, it had a PUSH PLATE on the outside, and a PULL HANDLE on the inside. And a lock.
But of course!
And what had always seemed odd and not likely original now seems really interesting and certainly original.
I appreciate that all this is just about a single friggin’ door, but I am nonetheless fascinated.
Oh, and speaking of delicate sensibilities.
I loath painted hardware. So this is the before and after of the pull handle:
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