The Staircase and Hallway

Downstairs Hall Map   Upstairs Map

(left)Downstairs (right) Upstairs

The staircase begins in the living room and take one up to the second floor to a hallway serving the Master bedroom, Guest Bedroom, Library and Bathroom.

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We'll start downstairs and then go up to the second floor hallway, once again moving counterclockwise Since the staircase occupies the East wall, we'll start there amd move clockwise (East, South, West, North...)


Base of Staircase    Florida Room North Wall

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The Staircase begins at the East end of the Living room. There are two steps to a landing that serves a coat closet. Above thhe window on the East wall is a framed pillowcase commemorating the 1927 Flight of Charles Lindbergh. As you proceed up the staircase, you'll see three framed posters issued by the Smithsonian Institution as part of the "Original Fabric" series. As the experts at the Air & Space Museum were restoring historic aircraft, they saved bits of the original fabric that coovered the planes. This, in turn was cut into 2" x 2" squares and affixed to a poster. On the Staircase going up, you'll find original fabric from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega, the Fokker T-2 transport, and the Wright Brothers' Vin Fiz publicity plane.

Smithsonian Original fabric poster Vin Fiz    Spanish American War Newspaper

Focus on Fireworks

(left) Smithsonian "Original Fabric" Poster, Galbreath Perry's Vin Fiz
(right) Front page of the May 2, 1989 New York Journal
(bottom) Focus on Fireworks
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At the top of the staircase is a framed front page of the New York Journal from May 2, 1898 celebrating Admiral Dewey's victory at Manilla Bay. The dominant feature of the page is the word "VICTORY" in letters six inches high. However, a seemingly innocuous note at the top of the page may be found:

"The Journal will celebrate our first American victory tonight at Madison Square at 8:00 pm. All friends of aggressive Americanism are invited. Music and fireworks"

The notion of shooting off fireworks deep in the center of New York City (which was far from fireproof...) did not occur to Mr. Hearst, publisher of the Journal. Although he avoided trouble in 1898, this practice came back to bite him in 1902 -- as a celebration of Hearst's election to Congress, he had another massive fireworks display in Madison Square. This time, his luck ran out -- there was a dreadful catastrophe and fifteen people were killed (Read about it here). Hearst spent the rest of his life fighting lawsuits related to the incident.

The South Wall

florida Room South Wall

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The South wall is mostly doors to the Bathroom and Library. This reproduction of a poster for Mossant Hats is in the only available space.

The West Wall

Hallway West Wall

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The West wall is dominated by a reproduction 1950s Cuba travel poster, which is flanked by photos of Ellen and Marc's performance team at the 2003 Frederick Air Show.

The North Wall

Cuba Travel Poster    Hallway North Wall    Beneker Fifth War Loan Poster

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The North Wall holds two significant posters. At the top is a late 1940s travel poster for Cuba. Below it is a Gerritt Beneker poster for the fifth war loan. The workman in the poster is wearing buttons signifying that he has contributed to the first four war loans. We have a collection of these actual buttons displayed with the poster.

Gilbert Beneker paiinting the poster    Hallway North Wall

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This completes the Staircase and Hallway. Where would you like to go next?

The First Floor

Go to the Living Room Hall you are here
Go to the Dining Room Go to the Kitchen
Go to the Florida Room Go to the Breakfast Room

The Second Floor

Go to the Master Bedroom
Go to the Guest bedroom Hall Upstairs you are here
Go to the Library The Bathroom is not on the tour...
Go to the Office

The Basement

Go to the Basement Storage Area
Go to the Dance Studio Area
Go to the Shop

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