By Levi Clancy for לוי on
These areas would have never been seen by visitors. Note the difference in the wood treatments between the public spaces and the service wing.
Overhead light is functional for both gas and electricity and still functional. Linoleum floor is original.
The kitchen was remodeled by the Paloheimos in the late 1940's. To accomodate official and social functions, a second kitchen was added in the basement.
The family had breakfast in the basement. Originally there would have been a gas stove as Mrs. Fenyes considered this her modern house. Mrs. Fenyes employed two maids and a cook, but closely supervised the planning and preparation of every meal. On the back porch would have been an ice box with a top ice chamber for blocks of ice delivered several times a week and a lower chamber for food. The ice box is donated.
The servants' passage was used by the maids to answer the front doorbell and have access to other areas of the house.
It is not a servants' hall in the conventional sense, since conventionally servants' halls was where the servants took their meals. The two sets of stairways were used by the maids to reach the upstairs and the basement.