Then as now, homeowners loved looking through catalogs for ways to improve their homes. Kitchens and bathrooms were particularly popular rooms for improvements.
Tile was especially convenient in bathrooms. It was easy to clean, durable, and cost effective showing little wear over the years. In many homes, bathrooms remained fully functional until time and evolving styles rendered them "old". During the latter half the 19th century, many of these old bathrooms were gutted and improved. Rare and fortunate are the homeowners who still have the tile and fixtures as they were originally installed.
With the possible exception of a low-flow toilet engineered for reduced water use, these bathrooms look as fresh and functional now as they did more than a half century ago.