The Dead Have Some Explaining To Do!
The Cross House has two pantries:
1) A butler’s panty.
2) A main pantry.
Cool. I love these classic old house features.
Here is the original drawing of the butler’s pantry:
At some point in, it seems, the 1950s, the pantry was modified:
1) The two upper drawers were removed.
2) The LONG upper doors were lowered, and their “double strength” glass replaced by thin plywood. The “open” space above the drawers was now a closed space.
3) Two new plywood doors were added on top.
In the above drawing, note the molding just above the drawers. You can see its perfectly preserved outline below:
So, now I know the WHY of the ugly 1950s doors. And I now know how to recreate the original configuration.
What is still a mystery is why the changes were made? I cannot see how anything was improved. Indeed, having the “open” space just above the drawers would have been handy. And two more drawers would have been better.
Most curious. Now I need to have a séance in the house to call back the dead. An explanation is required!
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