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The upstairs hall consists of seven doorways.  All but one retained the original door.  The door that once hung from the hall into the front staircase landing was missing and we opted not to find a replacement.  The elevational change there is so great, that we feared guests would trip upon entering the landing if they couldn’t see the drop coming.

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The hallway after revealing the grain painting on the doors.

The doors that remained were all uniform in type and had maple grain painting.  The pair on the south wall each retained a side that had never been covered over and their old varnished surfaces were in excellent condition.  The doors are curious as they seem to have been repurposed from elsewhere as they retain earlier thumb latch hardware not seen downstairs, and some have fancier moulded panel sides that face into the wall when they are open.  My theory is the Vail’s retained them from the earlier house on the site and they were rehung and grain painted in the 1860’s, as the graining is executed over the hinges and screws that they are attached with.

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The faux maple paint in a terrific state of preservation.

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At the top of the back stairs we used a late 19th century light fixture with opalescent swirl shades.  We also used an antique fixture in the closet which extends underneath the attic staircase.  Illuminating the closet revealed the original carpenter’s white chalk numbering on the staircase.  The whole interior retains a beautiful patina of age on the floor boards, lime washed rough plaster walls and ceiling, and the oxidized underside of the stairs.  We framed out the back wall of a small alcove section with cedar to conceal electrical wiring and added wooden shelves and a corner guard.

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A late 19th century brass fixture with opalescent swirl shades.

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Two views of the hall after painting the walls and polishing the floor.  Note the shape of the far door opening from settling.

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The original rough finished and whitewashed plaster walls in a closet.

 

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Extra storage space under the attic stairs.

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Chalk numbering left by the carpenter during the construction of the stairs.

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