I recently purchased an 1830 Victorian house and while cleaning the
attic to install insulation, a window was discovered. The window is
laying flat across the rafters in the middle of the attic. It is
attached to the rafters with a set of hinges so that it can be pulled
up straight (90 degree angle with the floor) as if it were on an outer
wall. There are no windows, no light source in the attic. Does anyone
have any idea what this might be for?
It's unclear from your post where the window is. Laying flat across
the rafters would indicate it is on the sloping roof, but other parts
of your post seem to point to the floor. It's possible the window
was for ventilation, or attic access, but I can't tell without more
information. Post a picture on a free hosting site and post a link
here. Let's take a look.
My guess is that someone put it there to get the curiousity up on the
new owners on day ---- no just kidding. But keep us posted here, I am
curious also and never heard of this.
Reminds me of a joke by Steven Wright, something like: "There's a light
switch in my house that controls nothing. Still, I like to turn it off & on
sometimes. One day, a woman called from Europe and said, 'Hey....quit
playing with the light switch!'"
At work one of the machines has a switch that had long been disconnected.
If an operator working on that machine complains about it running to fast,
we go and flip the switch. They can keep up after that.
It is on the floor... attached to oen of the underlying beams (there
is no real floor in the attic). Just sits there in the middle laying
across the boards, but can be flipped up sp if you were sitting on the
floor you coudl look straight through the window. I thought mabe there
was some "old house" reasoning behind it that would be need to know....
but I guess maybe not!
Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
This actually reminds me of a house I know of with a mysterious light
switch. It turned out it controlled the lights in a hidden crawl space
beneath the house.
Old houses often have mysteries hidden in the walls and attics. That's
the fun of renovating. Sometimes its odd choices of insulation, hidden door
& window frames and even the odd rodent.
Sometimes the furniture's got even more secrets. A friend of mine bought a
beautiful dresser at an antique auction. As he and he wife layed it on its
back to put it in their pickup truck, they heard something metallic slam
around inside. They pulled out a drawer and found an old, rusty metal box
containing about $1500 in cash. They paid $200 for the dresser. They went
out to dinner. :-)
Folks are probably wondering about a kitchen in the farm woods that I
used to play in - rejects from the house that were given to kids to play
with. If there is no indication this was once an opening, my next guess
is that a junior carpenter lived there and played in the attic.
I used to tell my kids that archeologists would come along some day and
believe we worshipped flies because they used to smash them on the
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