05:37PM | 01/05/09
Member Since: 01/04/09
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i'm interested in the history of a pre-civil war home. its a small home, four rooms are in a brick structure and the back houses two rooms in wood siding. the first floor is the kitchen, stairs lead from the kitchen to a large empty room upstairs with access to a porch. what purpose did these stairs serve? there is a main staircase leading from the front entrance to the upstairs. if you have any clue why the home is half brick and half wood that would be helpful too. thanks!


05:25AM | 05/28/09
Member Since: 05/27/09
2 lifetime posts
T - in many pre-Civil War homes, the room(s) for entertaining friends were on the second floor - thus the grand stair at the entry and the large room upstairs.

The back (smaller) stair was for access to the kitchen by the help - to serve the guests.

Life was a lot different back then!

Richard Taylor, AIA

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