Sunday, September 2, 2012

Welcome to my nightmare

As some of you know, Cookie supports historic preservation of buildings and the integrity of historic neighborhoods.  Cookie has even lead such projects and is a past president of Ohio's oldest statewide organization for historic preservation.

In the late 1920s through the 1930s, manufacturers like Eljer, American Standard an Kohler went ga ga for jewel and flower tone bathroom fixtures. 



And Villa Cookie comes with this bathtub.  Originally, the house also sported a matching toilet and pedestal sink, long since removed and replaced with modern white conveniences.  ALSO the original white subway tile is in place trimmed with a band of matching color.  The basket weave bathroom tile?  The off-set color matches the tub too, as does the soap dish AND the bathtub faucets.

All that's missing is Miss Norma Desmond bathing in the tub, singing away while Max scrubs his back.

And what is this color? It is NOT purple or lavender, but officially, "Orchid".

A friend of our in Columbus, who is a Sister of Sappho, almost came on the spot when she saw this tub.

"Do you know how many womyn would kill to bathe in that tub?"  That's a image that Cookie would rather not dwell on.

If it were blue, or pink, or a yellow, I would embrace it.  But I hate this color.  I hate this color almost as much as I hate mauve, if not more, because its in our house.

"Oh!" cry our friends when they hear of it or see this picture.  "You must keep this bath tub," they insist.

It's amazing how less enthusiastic people get about said tub when they think about it in their house. It's all fun and games, while its not in your house, isn't it.

Eventually, the bathtub will have to "go".  Why? While Cookie and the Husband love and support historical Preservation, the market reality is that buyers of houses don't enjoy finding surprises like this in a house as much as they love laughing at them.  And eventually, we will have to sell Villa Cookie, as nothing lasts forever, does it?  Better to buy low, sell high and find a buyer quickly than it is to languish on the market looking for a buyer who has always dreamed of an orchid bathtub.

And, while we plan to be true to our house, lets face it, our kitchens and bathrooms have to be functional, and this poor old dear of a tub has had a good life, its run its rest, but it needs to put out to pasture.

So Cookie and the Husband want to know, do you want this tub?  Will you come and get this tub?  Better yet, who do you think, other than Cookie and the Husband, deserves this tub?

37 comments:

  1. I don't want the tub. However, I have a friend who lives in the Hollywood hills, in a fabulous old building Her bathroom tile (beautiful) is ... mint green, black, yellow and ORCHID. It sounds grotesque but it is AMAZING. The tub would match perfectly! Should I give you her number?????

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  2. What do you mean you don't want the tub. It would look fabulous with you in it surround with bubbles!

    Those old bathroom colors sound horrible, but when they come together, they really come together. We'd keep it if we could find the lav and the toilet, but matching would be a nightmare. If she can haul it out, point her to the blog and have her look at it.

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  3. Would that I could take the tub! But I love hideous things. A good friend bought a house recently and found herself in a similar situation with a mauve tub (gold fixtures) and toilet.

    Perhaps there is some kind of vintage salvage shop in your area that would accept such a thing. There's one near me where many stray historic effects like windows, curling ceiling tile, and festive fixtures go to wait for their new lives.

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  4. I, for one, do NOT wish to see Norma in the bathtub.

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    1. i, for one, wish i could understand what cookie wrote about me.

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    2. But dearest, it would make this tableaux complete!

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  5. well, sugar, not too much i can say, but bless your heart for not ripping that tub out and redoing the entire en suite as soon as you moved in! but in answer to y'all's query, i do not know of a single soul who'd want that tub! good luck, sugar! xoxoxo

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  6. What's wrong with that stubby water spout?

    And trying not to think of norma.

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    1. Doesn't it look like a baby boy's wee wee? It just freaks me out. That said, its EXACTLY like the one in my grandparents house, except its white. The middle knob controls the drain, which IS kinda cool.

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  7. Oh my God I understand completely. That color is absolutely godawful...if you have fluorescent lights it fucking STROBES, doesn't it??!! I worked at a place that had that stuff and I talk about it in a post here:

    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=21067023#editor/target=post;postID=4319518860261318088

    I say take a sledgehammer to the shit.

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    1. ...although B September has the right idea.

      Then again, you could get a bunch of random strangers loaded on LSD and lock them in there with the thing for a couple of hours and they'd probably take care of the de-installation for you WITH THEIR TEETH.

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    2. No, the lights? Two white lights on either side of the medicine chest with early American design and spread eagles on the lamp chimney's. I think they date to the 1960s - back then they were throwing spread eagles around on things like they were going out of style.

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    3. Tried to look at the link, but I don't have access, sweetie.

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  8. that tub is gorgeous. it's reminding me of the dark
    blue one i had in toledo. an amazing soaking experience.

    today my bathroom is a pink explosion; so many pinks.
    i'll do everything to keep it that way.

    btw, don't you need that much water to soak your hooves madge?

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  9. Just screams Craigslist.

    I'm sure whoever got the commode and pedestal sink has been searching for years for the matching tub.

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    1. Does it scream Craigslist, or does it sound like Brenda Vaccarro hawking tampons?

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  10. Are you going to love it? Or list it?

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    1. I could blame this on David and Hillary, couldn't I?

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  11. Oh, but it's such a conversation piece!

    I had the same initial reaction of, "Oh, how can you remove it? It's original." But then I read on. I thought about it in my house and I almost had a panic attack. (Now if the toilet and pedestal sink were still there... No. Oh my god. No!)

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    1. IF the toliet and sink were in there then I would have to keep it all, because then it would be a complete set. As it is, its odd lesbian tub out.

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  12. I'd snap it up in an instant, but getting it across country would be so annoying and besides, the drain is on the wrong end.

    Just be ready when you replace it, the new plastic and fiberglass ones are tiny. TINY.

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    1. Plastic? What is this thing you call plastic?

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  13. Just dye your hair to match and no one will notice...

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  14. Oh dear. It does rather make a statement, though, doesn't it? Unfortunately probably not the statement you want to make. I have lived in old houses with the classic pink and black, the original white subway tile and all turquoise but I have never seen Orchid before and, while I love original, I would struggle with this. I would check out a salvage center and see about a possible swap, Orchid for vintage something you could live with.

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    1. "I'm an Orchid bath tub short and stout, here is the drain, and there is my spout..."

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  15. I would take it but right now I'm overstocked with the 50's sea foam green three piece suite.

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  16. I had a bathroom with the toilet and the sink in THAT color... but they had swapped the bathtub!
    More so: there was a lavender bidet next to the toilet, with a matching tiny soap dish that sat right between them.
    I had THAT dish removed, as I quickly realized it was basically a "pee" dish.
    Let's leave it at that.

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  17. I want it with every fiber of my being.

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    1. And my goal now becomes making it happen for you.

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  18. While looking for something else, I came across this on ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/KILGORE-TOY-BATHTUB-CAST-IRON-ORIG-PURPLE-LILAC-CI105-/390143024691?pt=Vintage_Antique_Toys_US&hash=item5ad6561e33

    Apparently you can get miniature lilac cast iron bathtubs. If you search for: lilac kilgore, you can find the other fixtures.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. I just found the store where old plumbing fixtures that are too cool to destroy go after they are removed. They have the MATCHING orchid shower controller. I asked the guy to keep his eye out for a sink to match.

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  19. I know this is a really old post...but do you still have the bathtub? If that is an American Standard tub, I have the matching sink and toilet both. I would advocate adding the correct sink and toilet, rather than removing this amazing bathroom.

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    1. Alas, we sold the house on December 31, 2015 and the people who bought it remodeled the bathroom. The tub did not make it. In our new house, every plumping fixture is white.

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