Can You Guess Why There Are “Elf-Sized” Doors All Throughout The Capitol Hill Building?

If you’ve never visited Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. you need to make the pilgrimage to America’s capitol city. The city is a wonderful place to visit that is tourist friendly and has lots of free things to do. Not only can you go visit the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Monument, you can walks along the Mall and visit all the Smithsonian museums which have free entry. But inside Capitol Hill, look closely because you’ll spot strange tiny doors located throughout the building in strategic locations. The doors were recently observed by Rebecca Rainey, reporter for Independent Journal Review, so she did some investigating into the strange design.

When Rebecca snapped the picture of the elf-sized door and shared it on social media, her followers quickly jumped at the opportunity to play fun with the American capitol building.

One responder wrote, “True story: they had these doors installed for the Keebler Elf. Now that he’s not in the Senate anymore, who knows what they’ll be used for.”

Cleary, the American public has no idea what these tiny doors in Capitol Hill are used for. And that’s okay. That’s what journalists are for – to dig for the truth.

Rebecca and her team at IJR started investigating the strange doors.

First, they confirmed the existence of the doors in the Capitol building.

The doors come in different colors and are located throughout the building.

Upon further investigation, it seems that Santa’s elves are not the intended user of the doors. Instead, the miniature doors were installed after a fire ripped through the Capitol building back on Christmas Eve in 1851.

Architect of the Capitol repots that in 1851, the building was the home of the Library of Congress, which is the home of numerous historic collections and valuable documents, including things like Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of written work.

But when security guard John Jones noticed a fire in the library window on Christmas Eve 1851, he had to break down the door because he wasn’t given a key. Then he saw the small fire growing in the valuable area of the building.

He had no access to water in that part of the building. This forced him to run downstairs to grab enough to put out the fire. But when he came back, the fire had consumed the two-story library. In the end, the library fire ruined two-thirds of Jefferson’s personal collection and more than 35,000 volumes of priceless materials.

Seven fire stations rushed to Capitol Hill and the firefighters worked into Christmas Day putting out the flames.

During the investigation, Jones claimed that if he had easier access to water, he could have saved the Jefferson collection.

That’s why the Army Corps of Engineers built the tiny doors to conceal the newly installed water faucets.

The faucets doubled as a fire-safety measure and as a place to refill mop buckets to keep the building cleaner.

What did you think the tiny elf-sized doors were used for?

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