What astounds me is that, during the 1950 conversion, the easy thing would have been to push the doors into their pockets, build a new infill wall, with a new door into the parlor bathroom.
Instead, they nailed the left pocket door closed and built a wall against it, carefully infilling with plaster were all the inset panels were! The right door then continued to be used as a bathroom door! When I purchased the house in 2014 one had to struggle mightily with the door to open/close it. I can’t image how irritating it was for any renter occupying the parlor as a motel room and later apartment.
Several years ago I removed all the pocket door trim pieces so the doors could be removed and their wheels rebuilt. Since then, all the trim pieces have been leaning against the adjacent wall and unfinished bookshelves. I would often bonk into some and they would fall to the floor.
Well, yesterday it poured rain which drove me inside and I decided to get all this trim re-installed!
At some point I will refinish the doors but will kinda miss the thin white line, for, it speaks of history.
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