Friday, May 18, 2012
Welcome to the Second Floor: A Photo Tour Continued
For those of you who've been waiting on pins and needles for the second installment of my photographic tour of the mansion, I am finally making good on my promise. In the Part One we toured the first floor of Clermont. To be honest, these are the most glamorous spaces; upstairs we are more homey. In 1930, there were eight bedrooms for family and guests at Clermont, and we still show two of these as bedrooms. Others are used as our exhibit gallery, reference library, and storage.
First things first: I will lead you up the steep servants' stairway off the main hall. This stairway was added in the 19th century, as part of a larger national trend to conceal the work of servants in the home. Because the staircase was added after the original building of the house, it had to be fit in as best as possible. Consequently, it only goes about three quarters of the way to the second floor; it joins the main staircase at the landing. The servants' stairs are steep. I always joke that there weren't many concerns about servants' knees.
At the top of the stairs you are greeted by a little gate to keep children and dogs on the second floor. The second floor hallway is broad and shady, the walls lined with doors.
bathroom. Actually, there are eleven bathrooms at Clermont, but this is the only one restored for your viewing pleasure.
This little hallway also takes you out to the four comfortable bedrooms John Henry Livingston had added for his family in 1874.
The sewing room is at the end of the hall. In fact you can see the doorway in the very first photo in this blog. This tiny little room was closed off from the main hall in the 19th century, and large cabinets were installed at that time. You can just see one of them to the right of this picture. The room has a stellar view of the river.
At the next doorway, we come to the guest bedroom.