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A door in the Attic. The stage is straight ahead to the right. | James J. Hill House

A door in the Attic. The stage is straight ahead to the right. | James J. Hill House

Door leading into Walter Jerome Hill’s (1885-1944) bedroom on the third floor of the James J. Hill House.

Door leading into Walter Jerome Hill’s (1885-1944) bedroom on the third floor of the James J. Hill House.

1922 Charlotte's bedroom - Norton Safe Search

1922 Charlotte's bedroom - Norton Safe Search

Door to a steam mechanic “room” right inside the servants’ quarters Boiler Room.

Door to a steam mechanic “room” right inside the servants’ quarters Boiler Room.

Doors to the elevator mechanics (really a glorified dumb waiter—uses a manual pulley system). These are in the hallway going to the main area of the servants’ quarters in the James J. Hill House.

Doors to the elevator mechanics (really a glorified dumb waiter—uses a manual pulley system). These are in the hallway going to the main area of the servants’ quarters in the James J. Hill House.

Indirect radiator stacks to Mrs. Mary Hill's bedroom and bathroom at the James J. Hill House. The radiator stacks are in the servants' quarters (basement).

Indirect radiator stacks to Mrs. Mary Hill's bedroom and bathroom at the James J. Hill House. The radiator stacks are in the servants' quarters (basement).

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.

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?).

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

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

Hallway looking at the servants' staircase in the servants' quarters. The door on the left is for the "elevator" mechanics.

Hallway looking at the servants' staircase in the servants' quarters. The door on the left is for the "elevator" mechanics.

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