Kitchen stairs in mid-air

We continue demolishing the house.  (I hope that it’s not the ceiling tiles on the walls that are holding the house together because they’re gone.)  Last week, Don called me at work to tell me about the kitchen door in mid-airwall.  To put it in context, below is the kitchen (looking north toward the scary, grody hallway) before we bought the house.

Kitchen facing north (Nov. 2007) 

Same view after our tenant left:

Kitchen facing north (post-purchase) 

Same view after Don took down the door to the scary, grody hallway connecting Apartment 1 to Apartment 2 and the layers of yellow tile:

Kitchen stairs 

Wait!  What’s that door doing there?  Hanging in mid-air? Oh, it’s just a second way to get to the stairs.  Or it was.  See the risers’ shadows?

Kitchen facing north (behind the wall) 

That explains the little bend at the first landing:

Foyer landing 

“An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005).

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