52 Weeks of Home Project – Quirks and Secrets (Week 11)

My inspiration for this week’s photography theme was the (seemingly) thousands of times that I’ve seen people with old homes post pictures of hidden compartments, secret stairwells, secret rooms, hidden doors – lots of little quirks that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. And I’ve ALWAYS gotten excited about those, even though our house is very much void of this particular quirk.

Week 11 : Quirks and Secrets

What secrets does your house have? What makes it super unique?

Maybe it’s one of the ideas above, or maybe you have a super cool piece of furniture, or just a really unique feature. It could be a legend, or ghost story.

As I mentioned, this is really a theme where I can’t bring much to the table, and I really just want to see what other people have.

But we do have one fun little quirk, in the Parlor. I first blogged about this when the Beidlers came to visit, and educated us about the little door in the parlor.

Back in 1902, when the house was built, electricity in homes was still in its infancy (to learn about a timeline, check this out). If homes were fancy enough to have electricity, they had one fuse, coming into the front of the house, that only operated at night – because you didn’t need electricity during the day. This box, my friends, held the original fuse (singular) box for the house. Unreal.

It currently still functions as a junction box. But everything that’s in there (and live) is current and up-to code!

I wish I had more fun things, but we don’t! I’m excited to see what other people have over on social media.

Photo Challenge Info: 

If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag  #52weeksofhome 

You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek10 (etc.)

Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week : 


1 comment

  1. Our last house (1913 Foursquare) had a very similar fusebox in the mudroom between the back door and kitchen (electrical servoce wires came from the alley behind). It originally had four fuses and circuits, although the house was built with combination gas and electric lighting, it was clear electricity was becoming more important.

    Our current house (1926) was built with a more modern steel fusebox in the basement, so no cute little wooden cabinet upstairs (but we do have a laundry chute, which we love!)

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