Saturday, 9 July 2016
Leak in the Ceiling
Words we shudder to hear today!
In July 1850, water stains were seen on the ceiling of Nicholas I’s small study #17 on the 1st floor.The Winter Garden #181, above on the 2nd floor, had required the reconfiguration of the 1st floor ceiling creating a mezzanine. In the middle of #181, marble stairs led down to a small fountain. Water tanks and a boiler were installed under the stairs.
Officials determined “ … the water comes from … the fountain … past the downspout …” During the repair, it was found “… the leakage occurred from the fact that in the fountain bowl putty around the copper drainpipe soaked …” [RSHA F.472]