The Butler’s Pantry: A Deepening Mystery
Everything about the “safe” is a mystery:
- Why the different wood?
- Why are its doors a different style?
- Why does it have fixed shelves?
- Why the TALL space?
- Why does it not align with the doors above?
I had surmised that the different style of the doors, and different wood, could be explained by the original doors perhaps being damaged at some point by a break-in, and then replaced. OK. Maybe. Then I surmised that this could also explain why the whole pantry was painted, because the new doors would have stood out too much.
However, I have now disproved the latter:
So, you see, it is all rather a mystery!
Here is my guess:
- The original drawings give no indication of a “silver safe”.
- However, as drawn and as built are often different so the drawings confirm nothing.
- It seems highly doubtful though that the original architect would have, late in the game, created a silver safe which was so at odds with the rest of the pantry.
- Thus, I am going to guess that the “silver safe” was created a decade or two after the house was built. But even this does not explain the use of a different wood, a different style door, and the lack of alignment.
Yep, a mystery!
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