A graciously proportioned foyer and stair hall
leads to a 24-foot-long corner living room with herringbone-pattern oak floors and a neoclassical-style white marble fireplace.
The interior of the building is just as grand, with the grand stair hall
wowing visitors and the council chamber providing a suitable place for councillors to shape Newcastle's future.
The theater had three levels -- the main floor (called the "parquet'') was on the same level as the foyer or Grand Stair Hall
. The second level, called the "dress circle,'' and the third level, called "the gallery,'' were all accessed through wide staircases that led off the main foyer.
Adjacent to this room, a stair hall
was created from a formerly badly placed "walkthrough" bedroom, which now serves as access to a second sleeping area in former attic space.
A new rotunda and skylit stair hall
speed circulation among the ground-floor classrooms and offices, and double as gathering and informal performance spaces.
The more dominant, center gable, which is crowned with a large gothic arch, carries through from front to back; all the rooms revolve around the center stair hall
. On the first floor, the more formal living room, dining room, and conservatory are located at the front of the house.
In more detail, steps lead up to an arched porch with tiled floor, and in through the front door to the entrance hall, which features carved ceiling friezes and archways to an inner hall and the stair hall
Every time I step through the doors, I am amazed at the power that radiates through each gallery and seems to find its way into the Great Stair Hall
The living room doubles as a stair hall
leading to the master suite; glass-filled railings and interior windows along the balcony bring natural light deep into the house.
Connecting the upper level of the Northwest Hall with the slightly larger and similarly rendered lower level is an intensive marble-wrapped stair hall
intended to recall the primary material (Giallo Sienna marble) of the Grand Stair.