- The Exterior of the HotelPart II
- The Pool & Bath HousesPart III
- The First Floor Interior, APart IV
- The First Floor Interior, BPart V
- The 2nd Floor Foyer, Hall, and ExteriorPart VI
- The 2nd Floor InteriorPart VII
- In search of the Tatham Spring
Part V - The 2nd Floor Foyer, Hall, and Exterior
The ascension up the winding staircase takes us to a foyer on the second level, directly over the front lobby. Its wallpaper and carpeting matched the staircase.
Given what we've learned about the layout of the first level, one can imagine what the rest of the second level will look like: guest rooms down in either direction and down the sides. But what about the middle branch over the dining room?
A rather large hall, probably used in the past for social events such as formal balls or live entertainment. At the rear of the hall is a doorway which at one point probably had a staircase leading down to the ground level. I would imagine it facilitated the transporting of food upstairs for such events from the kitchen just below it, in addition to providing convenient access to the pool area from the second level. Also at the rear of the hall is the chimeny which corresponds to the one we found in the kitchen in Part IV.
From this central vantage point, two things are easily accessible and will be the subject of this entry. Along with access to various rooms on my exploration of the second floor, a nice bird's eye view of the premises can be obtained through the windows here. Also, immediately outside the foyer lies the second level of the grand old porch which surrounds the building. These will be our subjects. I've selected an assortment of out-the-window photos overlooking the buildings and grounds. In addition, we will take a closer look at the porch.( Collapse )