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Rococo Hot-Closet Radiator

In June 2004, I posted the following inquiry:

my old radiator

I have a radiator that is about 5 feet long and 38 inches high. It has a food warmer (30 inches long and 14 inches deep) in the center with 11 short columns under it. There are 6 full-size columns on each side of the food warmer. It is stamped “American Radiator Co.” on the end and, at the bottom near the fitting it is stamped “Rococo”. I believe the Standard Sanitary Company merged with the American Radiator Co. in 1929 & became American-Standard, Inc. Can you give me any information on this beautiful piece and is it unusual?

This piece came from a house built in approximately 1910.

In answer to my inquiry, my love for this beauty was confirmed! I was told that I have a “Rococo Hot-Closet Radiator”. I had a few responses indicating interest in buying, but I was not ready to part with this piece and my husband, cousins, and brother-out-laws have been willing to gingerly relocate it when we last moved our household. Seventeen years later, I am downsizing and reluctantly must part with it, but want to find a good home for this gorgeous piece.

Erin Holohan HaskellSTEVEusaPA


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,843
    Where is this beauty located?

    Did you ever have it actually hooked into a heating system?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
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  • CindyBStevens
    CindyBStevens Member Posts: 3
    We live in NC and have never had it hooked into a heating system, but it was in its original home.
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040
    We are in RI and may be interested. I’ll ask my wife this evening. 
    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • luketheplumber
    luketheplumber Member Posts: 149
    where in nc are you located? I'm in durham and may be interested.
    I just earned my GED and am looking for a apprenticeship with one of these steam gurus on this site!
  • CindyBStevens
    CindyBStevens Member Posts: 3
    I'm located between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill, NC
  • motoguy128
    motoguy128 Member Posts: 393
    edited August 2021
    I have the steam version. Thats a few more sections than mine. Although probably about the same output with steam vs. hot water. Mine is still in operation on steam. Heats great. But steam is too “on/off for the food warmer to be much use. Hot water like this one would be great. one is around 1907 and matches all of my other radiators of the same rococo style. If you were in the Midwest I’d consider swapping mine out to hot water. I have a combi boiler located 5’ away in the basement from this radiator.