"The plumbing is the best available both in workmanship and material. All fittings are of handsome, heavy plate nickel; and the fixtures the finest quality of white enamel. Features in the bathrooms are: the hot water return system whereby hot water supply is always kept immediately available at the faucets; the Flushometer water closet, rendering the flushing of closet instantaneous in length of time and practically noiseless, the usual flush tank being entirely absent; "low down" or floor level, built in bathtubs, making the step into and out of the bath easy and natural, pedestal lavatories; and mirrored cabinets over lavatories..."
So sayeth the advertising brochure of 1913. Basically, I really like this kind of traditional bathroom with the subway tiles, the octagons, and, especially, the enormous enamel tub. It is not in bad shape at all, considering that it is mostly the original stuff, but the floor is stained a bit, and there is one crack running through some of the wall tiles. I don't like the sink, mostly because the chrome legs look flimsy and awkward, but I haven't got a photo of that yet.
I'm not doing much to either bathroom now, for obvious financial reasons, but when I can - I'd like to keep this one as similar as possible...the tub is definitely staying. The drain to the tub and the flushing works of the toilet are in a seriously old fashioned mode. You lift the knob on top, and turn the pipe within, latching it on an interior thingie. everything works quite nicely.
Although it is very much not my sort of thing, I don't actually mind the floral wallpaper for the moment. I'm wondering if old white tiles such as these can be cleaned, repaired, or patched? Anyone know about this stuff, or where to go for such answers? And I would very much like a heated towel bar and a shower attachment for the bath faucet some day. We shall see.