When I was a kid our house had a laundry chute. Just last week or so Mom asked if I remembered it. We moved from that house when I was 12, so of course I can't remember every detail about the place, but I REMEMBER the laundry chute because it was AWESOME. And I remember things besides laundry going down it... because come on, it's fun, you throw a lego spaceship down the vortex and find it later in the basement and it's been on this long fantastic journey through space, right?
Now I have a two story house, and there's an opening to the laundry chute on each floor. I've heard people gripe about having to deal with basement laundry in older houses... they're missing out on the perks.