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]

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