|Now let's go see where they played!|
|Whimsy and love decorate what's called "The Halloween Room." |
The master and his lady painted it themselves, with such joy and sweetness.
You can feel the happy vibes down here.
|Pineapples represent hospitality, and those look like some very happy fish!|
|A nod to Napoleon, whose chess set sits in the library upstairs.|
|You just know that painting this section of the basement had to be a darn good time!|
|Enchanting. They loved their kitties at Biltmore, cause they took care of the mice.|
|She must be dreaming of wonderful things to write down, it looks like she has |
a writing instrument in her hand and maybe some rolled up parchment paper.
Maybe she's going to draw instead....
|Beautiful windows, gorgeous views, even from the basement.|
|Yes, they even had a bowling alley! The niches in the walls at the far end of the lanes are|
where staff people would stand, ready to run out and set up the pins after they'd been knocked down.
|A huge bench where peeps could sit awaiting their turn to bowl, or just to watch the game!|
|These are the doorways to the changing rooms down in the basement, |
where peeps would put on their sports clothing or swimsuits.
|Inside one of the changing rooms.|
|The indoor swimming pool was magnificent. |
I think it holds some 60,000 gallons, which is very, very large!
|The other end of the workout room.|
|Walking through some of the basement corridors you could see where the fireplace ashes |
could be cleaned out from downstairs so as not to get the rooms dirty upstairs.
|The floors are gleaming, and beautiful even in the basement.|
|Walk in cold storage area.|
|Canned goods storage area. Note the desk where the staff could makes lists and organize details. I love it.|
|Yes! They did a lot of canning : )|
|Male staff had their rooms in the basement. Females were on the highest floors. |
No hanky panky here!
|Really nice rooms, well appointed.|
|I think this was the pastry kitchen, but I might be wrong on that.|
|This kitchen had a huge place with a spit where they could cook |
a whole pig or deer or whatever beastie was for dinner.
|I LOVED the sinks! There were many in the multiple kitchens down in the basement. Well-used. |
With wonderful, long marble cutting/washing board areas where I'm sure meat was prepared.
|Very nicely functional, especially for this era, with hot and cold water available right where the work was done!|
|Even in the basement there were lovely windows letting in light and breezes.|
|And these windows had spectacular views!|
|I could stand here all day and do whatever they wanted me to do! What a spectacular place to work. |
Dishes? No problem! Let me....
|All kinds of state of the art equipment in these kitchens!|
|This is the view over the big sink. Yeah, I could work there. I bet it's different every day.|
|Beautiful floors in those kitchens.|
|Beautiful views in those kitchens. Warm in winter, breezes in summer, and cold water to work with.|
|The other side of the main kitchen. Look at those gleaming copper pots, mmmmm.|
|More state of the art equipment for something, maybe a coffee grinder? Very pretty....|
|Small cold storage for cheeses and things in the kitchen area.|
|Dumbwaiter for sending food upstairs. |
There was another one right across from it.
|I didn't count the sinks, but there were many of them throughout the multiple kitchens. |
I could happily work at this one too. How beautiful!
|Lots and lots of little coffee cups!|
|And THIS is the staff dining room. Very nice, eh?|
|Storage area for plant things, yum.|
|Isn't this a lovely space to do plant things?|
|Storage for vases and more plant things. They were exquisite.|
|See that rabbit up there? Yeah, I want him....|
|Storage for display equipment used upstairs. Those little wooden stands that |
you can pop a bowl on and make it look like a million.
Those glass dust protectors for statuary and what nots. All just beautiful!
|Oh my gosh, I'm trying to wind this up but I have to show you the laundry rooms. |
Get a load of those irons!
|Lots of side-by-side sinks with washboards. Imagine being a staff person and |
the sense of community you'd have while you worked. Could be fun.
|Yep, lots and lots of sinks. Wonder if they fought over water pressure. |
We can clearly see which was the favorite : )
|Part of the main laundry room with clothes press. And/or linen press.|
|I think this was a clothes dryer. Very innovative for the time. |
Am sure they used it for linens, but definitely not clothing.
|Get a load of this linen hanger for drying things like tablecloths and sheets. Wowzers!|
|A little fountain even in the basement area!|
Magic Mystery Roadtrip Revelations Number 10: It's so beautiful at the Biltmore that I find it hard to choose whether I'd rather be a staff worker or a member of the aristocracy, back in the day! Biltmore is a great example of how different levels of society can coexist and get work done, but everyone is made to feel appreciated. The employees today say it's still a happy place to work, and it had a great reputation back in the day.