Image 1, Main Staircase, 2020
Image 2, Main Staircase during Red Cross era, 1950's
Image 3, Stained Glass as you are walking up the stairs
Image 4, Light Switches in the house.
Backstory and Context
These are switches for Electric Lights (Image 4).
They are push-button type switches, which means pushing one button down pops the other one up.
Today, almost all home light switches are of the toggle variety, but when Lougheed House was built, the toggle switch was still 25 years away from being standardized.
Electric light would still have been considered new-fangled to the Lougheeds. Prior to electricity being available in homes, oil lamps and candles were the only ways to keep rooms lit.
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