The Cross House
This baffles me.
WHY are the lower doors a different wood?
I never noticed this before, either.
The two lower doors have a large metal strap that goes across them, attaching to the lock hanging to the left. See?
This indicates that the lower cabinet was intended, or used at some point, as a silver safe. OK. But, why change the style and wood of the doors?
[CAUTION: As drawn is often a different thing than as built. For example, see the two very tall doors, upper left? That is not what what actually installed. Instead, there are FOUR doors: two tall-ish lower doors, and two short very upper doors.]
So, why are the “silver safe” door entirely different than everything else in the pantry?
I have an idea.
Perhaps someone damaged the original “safe” doors trying to steal the family silver? If so, were new doors made to replace the damaged doors? And, if so, is THIS why the pantry was painted????????
It has always seemed odd to me that the butler’s pantry, originally varnished, was later painted. Why? Almost nothing else in the house was. So why the pantry?
Even if I am right, why paint the entire pantry just because two small doors did not match? Seems like overkill.
Anyway, this is all rather a mystery!