The Mystery of the 1894 Kitchen Sink
In my previous post I presented plans for the kitchen of the 1894 Cross House.
Several readers wanted to know why I was not going to install a big ol’ sink against the south wall.
To answer this question a bit of sleuthing is required.
The kitchen abounds with space and doors and windows and high ceilings.
It does not abound with wall space. Really, it is quite absurd how little wall space there is. On the drawing above #2 marks the only wall. #3 marks the brick chimney breast, where the original range was (and will be) located.
Now, let’s look at 1890s sinks.
What both sinks have in common are very tall back-splashes.
And very tall back-splashes require a wall. But the Cross House kitchen had but a single wall, #3 in the plan above.
But this wall shows no evidence that a sink was ever installed there, and the original flooring under shows no holes for a drainpipe or water lines.
So, where was the friggin’ sink?
The ONLY possible location was in the SW corner, marked #1 on the plan above. But a huge double window is on the south wall.
This meant that the very tall back-splash on the sink would have covered part of the window. This seemed highly unlikely until I recently found the following image:
In the Cross House, there is a huge double window facing south, just like in the above image. My left window had a large radiator under. Due to its height, this meant that the sink was likely under the right window, and a drainboard was likely over the radiator. Sorta like…
Well…well…there is just no way I was going to cover up part of my glorious double south windows with a sink.
And this is why, in part, I developed the plan shown in my previous post.
Oh, one more thing?
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