Our 1930s home (Parkside District) had the built-in ironing board (in the kitchen), and the laundry chute (in my parent's bedroom closet). I still remember them fondly....very efficient!
And yes...that niche for the telephone, with a little shelf below it to house the telephone directory!!
A friend, who lived just around the corner had a similar niche, plus a little fold-down bench to sit on while you chatted away.