A Button In The Middle Of The Floor
Some homes may feature a seemingly random button on the wall or floor. These were servant buttons, an electric servant calling system that became popular in the late nineteenth century.
Sometimes called “butler buttons,” these buttons signal a servant to attend the room. Servant buttons litter the floor of some houses. Because architects couldn’t predict the table size the owner would use, placing the button on the floor guaranteed that the master could reach it. Today, most servant buttons are painted over or covered by a rug.