What is a Hidden Door?

A hidden door is an object that disguises an entranceway to a secret room, escape tunnel,

or any other area where concealment from thieves or other would-be intruders is necessary. A hidden door can also offer extra security as the first line of defense when guarding a safe room. In the beginning, secret hidden doors found in tombs or castles were large, heavy, and bulky requiring teams of people to install; hardly a secret. Over the years as home construction changed and became more modern, so too has the design of a hidden door. Today's hidden doors are smaller, lighter in weight and constructed in factories then shipped to the customer's home where as little as two or three people can install them in within an hour or two, eliminating the need for a large assembly crew that would normally have the knowledge of where your hidden room is located.

Ancient Times

The earliest known civilization that used Hidden Doors in their structures dates back to Ancient Egypt where the builders of the pyramids used hidden doors to keep tomb robbers at bay. In the second century AD early Christians used hidden doors to hide from religious persecution by using make-shift hidden doors to conceal rooms where they would gather to worship.

Medieval Times

In medieval times, local rulers flaunted great wealth and power by constructing large castles. These stone fortresses were the first line of defense against impending attack. Winding passageways, usually guarded by a hidden door used as a means to confuse would-be attackers while the occupants would slip out of harm's way and avoid capture.

American Civil War

A network of secret passages called The Underground Railroad connected safe houses as means for escape for enslaved African Americans that ensured safe passage to free states and Mexico where slavery had been abolished. Then, false walls or trap doors played a large part in keeping the Underground Railroad from being discovered.

During Prohibition

Some sixty years after prohibition ended, workers discovered a secret door off of a penthouse room in a Regal Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago that was built in the 1920's that concealed a secret stairwell leading to the ground floor. Illegal bars called Speakeasies were prevalent during the prohibition era, usually located at the back of a ligament business

hidden out of site by a false wall or hidden door.