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The main upper living area of the residence, this east-west hallway opens onto a number of rooms including the master suite. The hall is decorated along its length with a variety of paintings and small sculptures, and includes several cozy alcoves within dormers unevenly spaced on either side. A large velvet painting of a 19th century naval battle sits on the wall about halfway down, near the threshold to the gallery. And just across the way is a wide, panelled door. The walls are beadboard and beautifully wallpapered plaster; the floor is carpeted oak.

There is a curious looking at the east end of the hall, just beyond the guest rooms, and a rope net ladder leading up to a hatch in the ceiling. A set of stairs at the west end leads down. On the wall across from the stairs is a small, square chute.