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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

Wine cellar at the James J. Hill House. "An other cloudy morning. I had about 18 boxes of Wine put away this forenoon. Quite a job to find place for it – in wine celler." Mary Hill diary, April 26, 1913

Wine cellar at the James J. Hill House. "An other cloudy morning. I had about 18 boxes of Wine put away this forenoon. Quite a job to find place for it – in wine celler." Mary Hill diary, April 26, 1913

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?).

Butler's Pantry at the James J. Hill House. Storage for china and crystal. James J. Hill House.  Minnesota Historical Society.

Butler's Pantry at the James J. Hill House. Storage for china and crystal. James J. Hill House. Minnesota Historical Society.

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.

Victorian servant cull-button and modern light switch in Louis Warren Hill's (1872-1932) third floor bedroom. These are to the left of his bedroom door.

Victorian servant cull-button and modern light switch in Louis Warren Hill's (1872-1932) third floor bedroom. These are to the left of his bedroom door.

Barred window to the right of the stove and hood in the James J. Hill House. Mr. James Hill had all of the servants’ quarters windows permanently barred as a security precaution. An “enunciator” system of electrical-contact alarms was also put on the basement doors and windows.

Barred window to the right of the stove and hood in the James J. Hill House. Mr. James Hill had all of the servants’ quarters windows permanently barred as a security precaution. An “enunciator” system of electrical-contact alarms was also put on the basement doors and windows.

Door to a dust shoot in the third floor hallway of the James J. Hill House. The shoot was used by the servants and went all the way to the basement where it was collected and disposed of.

Door to a dust shoot in the third floor hallway of the James J. Hill House. The shoot was used by the servants and went all the way to the basement where it was collected and disposed of.

Emerging into the main servants hall of the servants’ quarters in the James J. Hill House. The doorway to the right leads to the Servants' Hall. The faux windows, light tile, and light marble all allows light to bounce off of the surfaces and make the whole space brighter.

Emerging into the main servants hall of the servants’ quarters in the James J. Hill House. The doorway to the right leads to the Servants' Hall. The faux windows, light tile, and light marble all allows light to bounce off of the surfaces and make the whole space brighter.

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