Tiny Doors

Photo of a tiny door in the U.S. Capitol (Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol)

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. 

Inside of a tiny door in the U.S. Capitol (Photo Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

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)

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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!


26 thoughts on “Tiny Doors

      1. Then you’ve been around a lot for sure. I retired militarily and can identify with your thoughts. Thanks for your service to our nation. πŸ™‚

  1. That’s fascinating – and a clever piece of design. I’m a little disappointed they’re not there for little people, though – or perhaps when there’s a small majority…

    1. Gladly Dan. I never knew until my recent visit there. It’s amazing the things out there that need to be explored. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  2. Doors have so much history and culture , this I realized while travelling! Each culture has its stamp on doors, and of course the multipurpose usage from aesthetic to religious and here for fire! Amazing πŸ™‚

    1. You’re right. I hadn’t thought as much about them in the past until recently. Doors open to all facets of life. Thanks Tanya. πŸ™‚

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