The entry hall served as a reception area for visitors who might be ushered into the parlor, the music room, or even upstairs to the library, depending on the sort of visit being made. Calling cards were left here.
Typically, in a house of this era, the entry hall was little more than a stairwell and a hallway which joined the various downstairs rooms. In this case, the space is luxuriously large, anticipating the twentieth century notion of a front door opening directly onto a living room.
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