Wood, marble, and nickel evoke the prized bathrooms of the 1890s.
By Donna Pizzi
Reconstructed, the show-stealing rib-cage shower is a replica of one sold in 1890s J. L. Mott plumbing catalogs. The pan is old stock, never used, while the cage and fittings came from a rectory in Boston. Restoration plumber Walter Parker cut the rib width down by five inches, made new pieces for those missing or broken, and re-nickeled all the parts. After an exhaustive search, “I found the missing Mott handles—Needle, Bidet, and Kidney Sprays…I really stretched to make this right,” says Walter, who called dibs on taking the first shower. The swinging door and marble enclosure mimic an original toilet stall at Reed College. A vintage pull-chain toilet (its high tank just visible beyond the partition) was taken apart and “reinvented” by Parker.