The best way to visualise the scene of the crime is with a floor plan, and a number of old mystery novels included sketches to illustrate the author’s ideas of how the local geography or architecture work. So of course I had to do one as well for the Veterans’ Club.
It also had to make sense–really make sense–so … perhaps this is a bit much for a sketch?
I can tell you, though, that it’s only a work in progress: I have my doubts as to whether it really makes sense. And, I know, does it really have to as long as it looks convincing? Well … yes. Yes it does. There will be a Version 2 in the near future.
One thing that’s missing is the fireplaces. This building was built at a time when central heating as we understand it now was not the norm, and so there need to be fireplaces all over to heat the place.
I’m not entirely sure if the dining room is too small or too big. The current dimensions are 37′ x 59’6″. That’s a decent size for a downtown restaurant today, but for a club dining room in 1924? I don’t know.
And the porter’s office is perhaps too big … maybe all three of the offices are, when you consider that the porter is a practically a servant while the other two are theoretically part-time appointments. Bradshaw does his job full-time, but that’s beside the point.
Still, it’s a start. Just drawing things out, with an eye to making sense of how the rooms work, has meant adjustments to how things work in the story itself: the entry to the vault, for example, is no longer five feet past Mainwaring’s office, but actually adjacent to his office door. And the dining room no longer has windows looking out onto King Street. But I suspect Version 2 might actually bring me back closer to my originally-imagined idea, so maybe I won’t go editing the manuscript to match just yet.