Entrance to the servants’ quarters off of the main Hall of the James J. Hill House. The elevator door (really a glorified dumb waiter—uses a manual pulley system) and servants’ staircase wrapped around it, is straight ahead.
James J. Hill House Picture Gallery in 1922, looking east toward the fireplace. That funky chair straight ahead is a Victorian-era Poof or Borne Settee. It was originally French and used as a conversation chair. See http://ancientpoint.com/category/265-antiques_furniture_chairs_1800_1899_/index.html and http://victorianfurnitureco.com for more Victorian furniture.
The small Store Room off of the Kitchen. That door straight ahead goes to the Wine Cellar. "Had a pretty busy week so far. The old lady was preserving for two days & she smired everything up with syrup & sugar that I was afraid she’d stick to something & that I’d have to keep her down in the kitchen all together." Second cook Celia Tauer (second cook) letter from September 3, 1910.
Servants' quarters main hall looking east toward Boiler Room. First door (left) leads to a heating chamber. Hallway (right) leads to the servants' entrance. First door (right) leads to Cold Storage. Hallway further down leads to Laundry Room. Door straight ahead leads to a heating chamber. "Axel used to clean the hall--that big long hall from the kitchen all the way down to the laundry room and the furnace room." - Celia Tauer Forstner (second cook from 1909-1911).
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.
Detail of the inner vestibule double-doors to the [Entrance] Hall. I love the brass Victorian mortise-style door knobs with floral friezes and the door panels with the egg and dart molding. Notice that the Escutcheon plate is even carved. | James J. Hill House