All the non-original gas pipes were added, I suspect, so gas heaters could supplement the radiator system. This would have been necessary as, over time, radiators cracked, radiator pipes burst, and so on.
Rather than address each such issue, new gas lines were added and, presumably, new gas heaters were installed in front of most of the eight fireplaces.
In the Long Bedroom, both radiators had long ago failed. So, the only heat source was, presumably, a new gas heater installed in front of the fireplace.
In the Octagon Bedroom, a huge radiator along the east wall had failed (due to a cracked pipe just under the flooring) and the single remaining low radiator in the octagon bay could not possibly have heated the room.
In the Round Bedroom, a new radiator was installed along the west wall to help keep the room warm. I removed this.
In addition, the clear-glass and stained-glass windows, in ever increasing desperate condition, would have freely allowed wind to blow into the house.
With all the windows now restored and sealed, and with all the burst radiator pipes replaced, and all the broken radiators replaced, the house should be heatable in the same manner it was in 1894.
It will be a while before The Other Justin sands the flooring on the second level, and then stains and varnishes. But…already the house feels SO MUCH BETTER. Evidence of the house being damaged has been erased. Scar tissue has been erased.
Scar tissue has been erased.
These past few days, I have walked from room to room, a smile wide across my face, a distinct jauntiness to my step, and with my heart singing and soaring.
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