Jefferson’s Labyrinth

Monticello stairs Holsinger

Interior of Monticello, by Rufus Holsinger

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3 Responses to Jefferson’s Labyrinth

  1. Tatiana van Riemsdijk (Vancouver, BC. Canada) says:

    These stairs are so steep that historian Kenneth Lockridge calls them “narrow, dark, dangerous ladders, behind the doors to the halls . . .” Jefferson had seen space-saving staircases in Paris homes. Perhaps this claustrophobic design discouraged household residents from talking/conspiring in stairwells.

  2. Steep stairs were the standard at the time, as if they were a luxurious improvement on the ladder.

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