All Threads by Date

Interesting features of older houses

My partner and I are moving in to a house that was built in 1874 and was completely re-done in the 1920s. We looked at several older homes and saw some interesting features that would be obsolete or ridiculous now. A couple: In one house, the kitchen had a pass-through door about one foot tall at the countertop that went outside the back door. We asked the realtor about it, and she said it was where the milkman would put the milk through onto your counter. She mentioned that it was sort of odd to see, as most people closed those up decades ago. In another, there was a small hole near the middle of the dining room floor, about the size of a nickel. The realtor indicated that in home of that age (it was early 20th century), when the family was at the dinner table, there was a small button in the floor near the head of the table where the husband could "ring" for the help in the basement. Sure enough, in the basement near the laundry area, there was an old buzzer on one of the beams with a wire coming out of it. What kinds of interesting or unique house features have you found when house shopping or renovating? It's interesting to see what kinds of things homeowners found convenient or attractive in the past.


Thread Watcher
[Help]
log
Click here if you are using an iPhone or iPad

DataLounge get your fix of gay gossip, news and pointless bitchery.

Settings

Talking to DataLounge servers.
Please wait a moment...