I have made many trips inside older homes....even lived in one for about a decade; however, an architectural feature called the "coffin corner" was new to me.
Today we had the pleasure of touring the Jane Addams Hull-House now sandwiched by the campus of University of Illinois Chicago. Having been a sociology major back in the day, this was an exciting feature to my last day here this week.
As the placard states, the coffin corner is a niche added to the top of the stairs in Victorian homes to aid in the removal of the coffin. Back in those days, folks usually died at home and the body was laid out in the parlor on the first floor. The niche gave a little "wiggle room" in maneuvering the coffin around the bend in the upstairs hallway and down the stairs.
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