Wanna Meet My 1929 Bathroom?
The plan shows a door between the Round Bedroom dressing room and bedroom. This was not installed; rather, a portière was. However, there WAS a door installed between the dressing room and closet.
In 1929, the second floor of the house was converted into five studio apartments by Scott Mouse, Sr. The dressing room and closet of the Round Room were combined into a bathroom. And the door which separated them?
All the 1929 bathrooms and later 1950s bathrooms were like this: incredibly cheaply done. The 1950s bathrooms, rather than ceramic tile on the walls, had plastic tiles. Obviously, longevity was not a concern.
There are three 1929 bathrooms remaining in the house: this one, the one in the Octagon Bedroom, and one in the Long Bedroom. The latter I plan to use as a closet but the room will be plumbed so it can easily converted back to a bathroom. The bathroom in the Octagon Bedroom already has new plumbing under the floor but I will be using the small room as a work space with a sink for washing my old lights. Later, it could easily be converted back into a full back.
Which leaves the Round Bedroom bath.
The bath cannot be restored to its 1929 appearance as the flooring is shot and much of the wall covering, and I am not likely to find replacement material. Plus, I dislike the, ah, cheapness of it all. This is soooooooooo not in keeping with the house.
I could create a high-quality 1894-style bathroom but this would confuse the historical narrative of the house as people will assume it was original. I could create a high-quality 1929 bathroom but this will also confuse the historical narrative as people will assume it is part of the 1929 conversion. Ditto for the 1950 motel conversion.
So, the plan is to:
- Install high-quality flooring distinctly contemporary in nature.
- Install high-quality wall tile distinctly contemporary in nature.
- Retain 1929 tub but with a shower ring installed.
- Retain 1929 sink but reglazed.
- Install 1929 toilet (I have several in storage).
- Install contemporary lighting.
- Install privacy glass between the two adjacent bathrooms.
Thus, the Round Bath will be a mix of 1929 historic elements and obviously contemporary. The all important historical narrative will, as such, be safe. Whew!
I wrote this post because a reader recently asked about the bathrooms (but I cannot find their question and name!). UPDATE: Linda asked about the bathrooms!
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