Why are these tiny doors in the U.S. Capitol? I’m glad you asked.
These small doors and the water sources they housed, found in several places in the capitol building, were multipurpose. Years ago they provided water to prevent a future fire from spreading.
The doors also helped ensure the mud tracked in from Washington’s dirt streets and foot paths could be easily cleaned from the capitol’s floors. That is why the doors stand only about 30 inches tall. They conceal low, shallow closets where workers filled pails of water to mop the floors. (Architect of the Capitol – https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/29122889536)
This is a post for Thursday Doors. You can be added to the list too. Follow this link to Norm’s doors. Check them out and then look for the link to the list. Fill out the form, and your doors are in the gallery of doors for this week. #Thursdaydoors
I couldn’t find my photos of the doors during my last trip to D.C. so I’ll have to rely on the photos from Architect of the Capitol. Thanks.
Blessings along the Way!