I was told by a friend that was a seamstress and drapery maker, that in their day the drapes in this house were probably worth $10,000! Pink is NOT my color and they had some stains but I did find them a new home on ebay. Someone out there is hopefully really enjoying them.
But the REAL reason I think it was built this way is because the original 1916 part of this house is made of poured concrete. And let's just say we found ALL the original outside walls, because they were EXACTLY where I planned new doorways!! Yep...we had to chisel out 3 doorways in our restoration process. You can see in the photo below where we made an opening for the door and a hallway leading to the laundry/workout room. It took ALL day to cut the hole and there was an awful lot of concrete to haul out to the dumpster. This is also where I found evidence of a roof to a porch, though I am not sure where the door would have been.
Here is the room now!