This morning, I did a post about the dramatic discovery, by Blair, that the Cross House originally had a call system and annunciator. This means that most of the rooms in the house would have had a doorbell-like thingy. When pressed, this would have alerted a servant in the kitchen via an annunciator.
There was really no doubt about Blair’s discovery. But…where was the annunciator? It would have certainly been in the kitchen, but where?
From my search it seems that all four entrances had a buzzer.
A buzzer in the dining room is extant.
I found wires in the long bedroom and sewing room. It makes sense that the round bedroom and hexagon bedroom also had buzzers.
So, too, with the parlor, library, and perhaps receiving room.
This would have meant an annunciator for a dozen buzzers. Perhaps there were a few more, but I suspect no less than a dozen.
This discovery has been a HUGE thrill.
My plan is to run low-voltage wires to all the main rooms, and with all converging adjacent to where all the wires converged in 1894. I will leave the original wires in place. I have already created an eBay “search” for antique annunciators and one will, no doubt, turn up eventually of the correct size and era.