The Entrance Hall

The entrance hall features an oak staircase that is hand carved with peacocks and vines.  The stairs are currently the only access to the upper stories and rises three stories in a shaft illuminated by a huge skylight.

the skylight at the top of the stairs

Sadly, the floor in the entry has been pretty badly damaged due to a fire set by vandals.  The fire itself isn’t the culprit, the problem is that pieces of plaster from the ceiling keep falling to the floor causing more and more damage.  The micro-mosaic floor has suffered pretty badly. We won’t really know how much of it is gone until the rest of the ceiling is safely cleaned up.

the mosaic as it used to be
fire damage and falling plaster