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Visual Evidence


Drawing 3a: Decatur House, first floor.
[Graphic] Drawing 3a with link to higher quality drawing.

(Decatur House Collection)

Drawing 3b: Decatur House, second floor. [Graphic] Drawing 3b with link to higher quality drawing.
(Decatur House Collection)

These conjectural floor plans for the first and second floors of Decatur House, as built, are based on what is known about the use of the interior space. In Decatur's time, guests to large parties entered and processed through an impressive hall to a grand staircase, which led to the second floor rooms where large entertainments took place.

Questions for Drawing 3

1.What elements of the floor plans indicate that the house was designed with entertaining in mind? Why would this have been the case?

2. Use the scale to estimate the size of some of the rooms. How might the rooms on the first floor have been used during Decatur's occupancy?

* The image on the screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high resolution version of Drawing 3a and Drawing 3b, but be aware that it will take about 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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