Built in 1936, the Rahway Senior Citizens Center was originally a U.S. Post Office. In those days it was necessary to secure all the cash and valuables that were sent through the mail. In order to keep an eye on things, the building was designed with spy walks and hidden viewing slots throughout. No modern videocameras back then! There were spy ports to observe the washrooms, locker rooms and stairwells, as well as the main floor. The basement housed a pistol range for the postal guards. It is still there, intact. The rest of the building has been renovated into a beautiful modern space where local seniors gather for fun and recreation.
The main hall, over two stories in height, has proven to be an excellent acoustical setting for the Rainbow Room Wurlitzer. The instrument is installed on the second floor, where it speaks out through two chutes (one from each chamber) across the spywalk, and into the hall. Easy access is afforded to the chambers. Simply open a door, walk up a flight of concrete steps, and you are there – a great advantage for chamber tours!