Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chambers of Horrors - The basement

Halloween approaching, I thought it would be a good time to give you a tour of the Dusty Victorian's dreadful basement. I asked my 12-year-old daughter to come down with me while I take pictures because I'm a notorious scaredy-cat. I clung to her like a giant siamese twin growing out of her back keeping my head low to avoid all the spider webs.

There is a reason why I never did a post of the kitchen at the Dusty Victorian. Simply said, it's awful, only second place to the basement. Here is the door to the basement. A previous owner must have needed a door handle and used this one, replacing it with a little hook???

Beginning of the horror is this circa 70's carpet going down the stairs.

The dungeon walls. Only things missing are the metal cuffs and chains.

The original water reservoir (partly destroyed) from where rain water was collected through a downspout. The water would be pumped upwards to the kitchen. I'm thinking, great place to bury a body and seal it up.

In a adjacent chamber, shelving where architectural elements from the house come to rest and other things like this boot. My question: What happen to the other boot? Was the foot severed in a scything accident?

Another chamber, where the fearless Violet is entering. She kind of has a spooky look to her. Poor attempt at making this door look better through white wash. Did not work.

Who in hell would do their laundry here!

Back to civilization! At this point I'm so glad to see this carpet. I have to take a shower now.

Happy Halloween!


Terry said...

I'm not sure where you found your shoe but there is a superstition surrounding them. Shoes hidden in the house walls, a reflection of an ancient superstition that hiding shoes in a house as it was being built, would ward off evil.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Terry,
How interesting! I truly believe that what belongs to the house should stay in the house and you provided another excellent reason for this boot to stay where it is. Thank you so much for your comment.

sunshine said...

Is that the back of a toilet just in the picture above the boot??? LOL

Our first house had a basement like that and so did the farmhouse I grew up in. I don't blame you one little bit for being scared!!
Even though the house we live in now has a completely finished basement, I still won't go and sit down there on my own....

Love the dress on the light by the way! Awesome!


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Laura,
It could be the top cover of an old toilet or the front part of a small oven drawer. I'm not sure because the basement is very poorly light and the flash of my camera made things visible only in the shots you see.
I don't have the courage to go down and check, Astrid is in school now.

Have a great one,
Scaredy Cat

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes,

I LOVE this post! LOL! My basement is just as creepy. GREAT IDEA FOR HALLOWEEN! I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea and do a post as well. These old basements were definitely NOT meant to be lived in. But I like your sense of humor about it! Unfortunately, I don't have a child to back me up when I go down there, so wish me luck! :-)


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Pam,
Glad you enjoyed the dreadful tour. Can't wait to see your creepy basement.