Our lower passage is one of the fanciest spaces in the house, with its floor cloth painted to look like marble and colorful wallpaper, but it was a functional space as well.
🟢It divides the home into public and private halves.
🟢It is designed to encourage airflow through the entire house, with doorways aligned at the front and back to encourage more air movement. That, plus the high ceilings of each room are examples of the passive climate control methods used in many homes before the invention of air conditioning!
🟢Learn more about these architectural details in historic house museums like ours in Sarah Sutton's talk about climate change on our YouTube page! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtNPBGarb6E