Searching for a new San Francisco apartment is always an adventure. One showing you might encounter a mysterious kitchen cabinet with its own window, while in another you might discover a random sink in the corner of a bedroom.
It may seem a little dorm room-esque to have a sink in your bedroom, but it was actually quite common during the Victorian era in San Francisco. Before 1900, indoor plumbing was still a luxury, and most residents would have been using buckets to bring water in from outdoor wells to wash themselves and any household items. But as the modern innovation of indoor water became more accessible, it became a customary addition to homes as soon as a homeowner could afford it. If the house was originally built without indoor plumbing, it was the first renovation feature on a homeowner’s list.