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The restored ladder stair, as well as the closet as a whole, clearly shows that types of architectural finishes used in the closet were drastically simpler than those seen in Montpelier's more public rooms.  Moreover, building a closet, or any secondary space, with bare stud walls and a very simple ladder stair would not have been uncommon in the period.  Because these rooms, unlike a bedchamber or parlor, would not have been seen on a regular basis or used for everyday living, they were often not finished to the same degree as the more visible public spaces.


The reconstructed garret stair in the Upper North Passage Closet.