Hidden Rooms and 'Dead' Spaces: help me find more pictures of this sort of thing!
January 13, 2012 3:58 PM Subscribe
I've recently become fascinated by (a) long-forgotten "hidden" rooms in houses and other buildings and (b) "dead space" in houses, e.g., large unfinished areas behind walls that are only perhaps discovered years later. Help me find more examples of this sort of thing -- preferably examples with pictures!
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posted by aecorwin to home & garden (71 answers total) 237 users marked this as a favorite
is sort of what I'm looking for. Blog posts, newspaper articles, flickr pages...if you know of any examples of people doing cool projects to make use of otherwise-unused space behind walls, I would love to collect more links. Also, if anyone can point me to an explanation of why builders/architects leave such large spaces "unfinished" I'd be quite interested to learn the theory behind that sort of thing...maybe living in the Bay Area has warped my sense of space-efficiency, but it just seems like a terrible waste to have (in some cases) hundreds of square feet sealed up behind drywall!
Alternately, I'm also on the lookout for pictures and stories related to the discovery of long-forgotten "hidden" rooms or areas of houses. I recall reading a really cool example of this a while back -- I think it was a house in the Southern USA where someone found a whole wing in their house that had been abandoned and sealed up decades earlier. Just because that sort of thing is awesome, and because the likelihood of something like that being discovered in my own little 1954 ranch house is zero, meaning I'm on the lookout for some vicarious secret-room thrills. All links and references along these lines will be greatly appreciated!