Resurrecting a Dumbwaiter
The 1894 Cross House originally had a dumbwaiter serving the kitchen and laundry room in the basement.
This fabulous feature was removed, I think, in 1929 when the house was converted into apartments. The change allowed a new hall, so a person to go directly from the kitchen to the family entrance on the south side (originally, an unimportant feature in a house staffed by servants).
Curiously, the dumbwaiter never serviced the second- or third-floors.
When I purchased the house in 2014 I had no idea the house originally had a dumbwaiter but later discovered the partial remains of the shaft. Well, there was no way I would not recreate this!
The plan is to have the dumbwaiter service all four levels.
I have repeatedly tried to proceed with this great adventure but every time I go to the Silent Service website I come across this chart…
Today though I had a brilliant idea! Why not call Silent Servant and have them walk me through the process?
Jim took my call and in less than five minutes answered the 5,839 questions which have been swimming laps in my brain for over two years. I felt much calmer after our call.
Jim needs some dimensions before we can proceed, which I can have for him in a few days. In the meantime Jim sent me the following five images (courtesy Silent Servant):
Silent Servant will provide all the necessary bits and, depending on the size of the box and load weight requirements, the cost range is from $2200 to double that (and more). And of course I will have to create the shaft. A four-story shaft. EEK!
In the end this will be rather an extravagance but can you think of a more fabulous extravagance? I also think it will prove hugely convenient in a four-level house.
Maybe though I can simply gas up my time-travel machine, shoot back to 1929, and convince them to leave the dumbwaiter in place…
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