|William Guy Wall, c. 1819 | New-York Historical Society|
A notable feature shared by both the Bronson House and the Vanderpoel House is the elliptical staircase. Building stairs was a high level skill in the joiners trade, and elliptical staircases were the pinnacle. More than anything else in the two houses, the elliptical staircases would have required the skill of a "master mechanic." Watson will compare the two staircases and other signature features found in both houses. He will also reveal an important new Waterman discovery.
The lecture, which is co-sponsored by Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society, will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at The School (Jack Shainman Gallery), 25 Broad Street in Kinderhook. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at historichudson.org. If purchased at the door, they are $15 for HH and CCHS members and $20 for nonmembers.
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