Hidden passages have a long history of appearing in fictional novels and films but an even richer past in reality dating back to Egyptian tombs passages for Christians to worship in hiding from Romans. Over the years hidden passages have been used to arrest kings and evacuate popes, hide shogun warriors, facilitate guerrilla fighters, enable drug smugglers and conceal serial k*llers.
In recent times, however, many more modest individuals have created (or discovered) secret passages in ordinary everyday households and there are even companies dedicated to designing secret doors, rooms and passages in middle-class houses. In some cases the discovery of a secret room is a wonderful find but it can also be a twisted nightmare.
Ever wanted a wine cellar but didn’t have the space to build one? Here’s a secret solution! The cellars are kept at ideal temperatures, insulated on the sides and top. Cool air is piped in and warm air is piped out. Even when no air flow is needed for temperature purposes it is kept moving to keep the air fresh. People have had these installed in all kinds of ways, from flush- and hidden-door versions to entrances that intentionally boast their presence.
When Louise Kircher, a retired teacher, and her husband, Dennis, a former accounting manager at Boeing, moved into their year-old, 4,300-square-foot contemporary home in Mesa, Ariz., the staircase in the master bedroom was something extra that came with the house. It rises to reveal a hidden room, where she and her husband store an antique bedroom set and a replica of a gilded mummy's coffin. A remote control amazingly lifts an entire staircase out of the way revealing the hidden passage.
This one speaks for itself, I’d say.
The bookcase, holding rows of books, a stuffed dachshund and a volleyball, silently swings outward, revealing a tiny, well-lit study room.
Not sure about your neighborhood, but mine has strict codes about what you can and cannot do to the facade under our historic preservation laws. Same in San Fran. By hiding the space behind a retractable facade indistinguishable from the rest of the historic Victorian apartment house, theses owners were able to avoid running afoul of the city planning department strict appearance codes.
Here’s how it works:
Mat Hidden Wine Cellar
Staircase Hidden Door
Painted Wall Hidden Door
Bookcase Hidden Door
Victorian Façade Hidden Garage
Here’s how it works:
Home Theater Ticket Booth Hidden Door
Wardrobe Hidden Playroom
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