August 7, 2012
Interior of Monticello, by Rufus Holsinger
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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.
Steep stairs were the standard at the time, as if they were a luxurious improvement on the ladder.
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