September 21, 2017

Oregon Caves Chateau - Page 6

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Photos taken in June 2004.

Guest Room Hallways:

1st Floor.  There are 5 guest rooms on the first floor, located up a hallway adjacent to the lobby.  The wall paneling in the halls and rooms is the original fiberboard. Narrow halls like these are typical of many older hotels and lodges.  These rooms will all be wheelchair accessible after the proposed remodel of the Chateau.

2nd floor. A small lobby is located at the top of the stairs on the second floor. The desk shown here is one of the more ornate pieces of antique Monterey Furniture in the Chateau. The Chateau houses the largest collection of authentic antique Monterey Furniture in the world, all of it is original furnishings.  (If you own a piece of Monterey furniture the Friends of the Chateau group is always seeking pieces to replace furniture that has been lost for various reasons, or to just add to their collection.)  The entire 2nd floor of the Chateau is guest rooms.

One of the hallways on the second floor. The pipes for the fire sprinklers were added in 1955.  While ugly, a lot of these old buildings would not be here today without them. The door at the end of the hall is the fire escape, metal fire escapes were added to the exterior in 1962.

Phones are still present in many of the hallways. There are NO phones in the rooms.

3rd floor.  The grand staircase stops at the second floor. To reach the third floor, this small narrow staircase located in a corner of the hotel is used.

The 3rd floor hallways are even narrower than the 2nd floor halls. These are essentially "attic" rooms, but many of them have very unique qualities. We will visit several of them in the next part of the tour. Obviously the 3rd floor was intended to be for the less financially well-off guests!

Oddity:  This glass window is in the ceiling of the 3rd floor hallway. It lifts up to open (no hinges) and serves as the access door to the attic above. Which begs the question "why is a window used rather than a standard wood attic hatch?"  The theory is that it was to make it look like a skylight, although it isn't.  Although it looks frosted the window is clear glass, a piece of plywood painted gray is attached to the top side of the window, and is what you see.  Natural light from a skylight would have been a welcome thing up here, as this top floor hallway is rather dark and confining.  But it wouldn't be historically accurate to add one now.



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