Elevator (really a glorified dumb waiter—uses a manual pulley system) on the third floor servants’ wing of the James J. Hill House. The door also less to their staircase that’s wrapped around the dumb waiter.
The attic, accessed via a staircase in the third floor servants wing, contained a raised proscenium stage complete with electric dimmer lights and soundboard. The Hill children used the space as a theater and playroom, and grandchildren recalled this area had gymnastic equipment, a large grand piano, and trunks with costumes. Opposite the stage is where the Hill family would store some of their belongings (cedar cupboards for changing out seasonal clothes, perhaps?).
Modern photo of Celia Theresa Tauer's bedroom (later Forstner). She was second cook to the Hill family from September 1909 to April 1911. She shared it with one other woman. The two windows look south and the single window looks west. The room is at the very end of the servants' hall on the third floor. | James J. Hill House