We are so happy that we have had a
huge very insignificant mystery solved! As you know, this home was built in approximately 1865 (per the family). When we purchased the home, there was a tight, curvy staircase in the back of the house.
The staircase had been turned (which we found out after we gutted the home) and we discovered that this staircase originally went to the kitchen (which is when we found the missing portion of the stairs). This would make sense that it was probably the servant/help staircase. This is how it looks with the staircase gone…see the angled in-between wood pieces…they followed the staircase line.
But the question remained, “where was the main staircase?” We assumed that once we gutted the home, we would obviously see it. However, we looked and looked and could NOT find it. Turns out, as with most things, it was right in front of our face the entire time. See the matching angled-in pieces above the front door?? There are only 2 remaining pieces (which is probably why we’ve missed them).
Many people have mentioned that the front door probably had some beautiful glass in the curved part above the actual door (and we would have agreed). But look closely at the wood above the door…that’s what we call really original (as in someone used very primitive tools to cut it out and put in the staircase). You can also see where the bottom of the staircase would have cut through (the carved line through the archway). So there you have it, mystery solved! You can all sleep easy now! **And for those of you wondering, we WILL be leaving these items under our new drywall. This way, when someone comes along to rehab this home in another 150 years they will be able to see the entire story.**