Last night I saw Bruce Springsteen live up in Seattle. (Hell of a show, but that’s a topic for another thread.) As I usually do when I see a show in Seattle, I stayed overnight in a hotel a few blocks away. This time, I stayed at a boutique-ish place called the Marqueen. It’s a delightful brick building that’s nearly 100 years old, was once an engineering school, is supposedly haunted (though I’ve yet to encounter any ghosts while staying there), and feels like it should cost three times as much as it actually does. Being as old a building as it is, it’s got its fair share of quirks and relics of old fixtures that don’t work anymore, and that’s the topic of this thread.
In the hallway, I noticed that next to each one of the room doors was a little cabinet door a few feet high secured with a latch. On the inside of my room, just inside the door, was a similar door the same size. I opened the door on the inside and it was just an empty cabinet with a shelf in the middle. The door that opened to the hallway had been sealed up from the inside, so whatever purpose it must once have served, they obviously aren’t used for it anymore.
Here’s some pictures to illustrate what I’m talking about;
Any idea what these would have been used for? The simple explanation is that they would have been used to pass something from outside the room to the inside (or vice versa) without having to leave it in the hall or knock on the door and bother the occupant, but I’ve never heard of such a practice before. Would these have been used for food? Laundry? Garbage? Anyone ever seen something like this before, or have any idea what they’re used for or what they’re called?