Where will your Spiral Staircase Lead You?

ponce-city-market-spiral Have you ever read the timeless classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger? If you have, then you might not have known where he actually wrote and completed the novel. J.D. Salinger stayed in a North Stamford home in Connecticut to work on “The Catcher in the Rye” which served as a comforting resort and ideal working area.  At the time, it was the home of Himan Brown, who was a famous and successful radio producer during the 1940s and 1950s. He worked with well-known actors and musicians such as Helen Hayes, Boris Karloff, Gregory Fleck, Frank Sinatra, and Orson Welles. Himan Brown was also good friends with plenty of writers, with J.D. Salinger being one of them. Himan Brown produced more than 30,000 radio programs during  the course of his lifetime. Himan Brown’s home was the perfect location for Salinger to write his most famous novel. It is currently own by Brown’s granddaughter, Melina Brown. The charming estate is located on a hill in the quiet woods of North Stamford. It is a small house with high ceilings, a stone fireplace, and a spiral staircase which leads to a balcony bedroom. Salinger rented the house to produce the novel in 1947. He would use the spiral staircase of the Rustic home to write in the bedroom with the beautiful balcony and view. It’s pretty interesting to know that one of the world’s greatest novels was written in a North Stamford home with a spiral staircase. Today, the estate still has its spiral staircase and bedroom with a balcony. It is in relatively the same condition as it was when J.D. Salinger first worked on “The Catcher in the Rye”. Melina Brown has a bevy of animals on the estate, such as chickens and turkeys. The spiral staircase in the Brown estate led Salinger to the bedroom with the balcony which assisted him in writing his most famous novel. What could a spiral staircase lead you to?  

A Special Spiral Staircase Story: The Baron’s Palace in Heliopolis, Egypt

The Baron's Palace is infamous for its many myths, deaths, and history. Inside of the palace is a beautiful spiral staircase, which was designed by the Baron himself.
The Baron’s Palace is infamous for its many myths, deaths, and history. Inside of the palace is a beautiful spiral staircase, which was designed by the Baron himself.
Not every spiral staircase in the world has its very own unique story. Some simply provide an interesting and aesthetically pleasing way to get from one floor to another. Perhaps your young child painted the stairs with nail polish while you weren’t looking and you have a story of that type to share. However, there is a palace in a place called Heliopolis, Egypt, that certainly has a spiral staircase story worth sharing with the world. Known as the Baron Palace, this outstanding piece of architecture was built in 1910 by a Belgian businessman, industrialist, and amateur Egyptologist by the name of Baron Édouard Empain. In fact, he built the entire city of Heliopolis; it was intended to provide Egypt with a city of luxury and leisure. Heliopolis was built with broad avenues, necessary convenience shops, water drains, electricity, and hotels. Empain additionally built recreational facilities such as golf courses, racetracks, and parks. Houses, apartments, terraced villas, and more were available for rent in this fine city, offered in innovative designs which appealed to a variety of social classes. There are a few interesting myths about both the palace and the spiral staircases, such as:
  1. The palace was built on a rotating base so that the Baron could see the entire city without moving from his seat.
  2. Some people claim that the palace had a secret tunnel which connected to the Basilica Church. Another part of this rumor is that the Baron had a customized vehicle to take him from one part of the tunnel to another.
  3. There are rumors that the Baron Palace had an enchanted chamber. The Baron’s daughter and sister were not allowed to enter the pink bedroom at the basement of the palace, which is where the door that took him to the tunnel in Basilica was located.
  4. The Baron’s daughter, Mariam, suffered paralysis since birth and grew up to have psychological issues. They were mostly related to her father’s firmness and his cold behavior. Some people say he imprisoned her at times. She was found dead at the service elevator which connected the kitchen to the roof, but some speculate that it was a suicide attempt after a love affair with one of the servants.
  5. It is believed that the spiral staircase caused the death due to the palace’s revolving base where his wide fell to her death.
  6. When Baron died, it is said that the mirrors covering the walls of the pink room in the basement turned red.
  7. Currently, it is believed that the Baron’s Palace is extremely haunted. Bats, stray dogs, and ghosts are said to wander about the palace. Others believe that the Baron’s daughter lingers in the palace. There have been multiple stories of ghosts in the palace, mysterious music playing as though the days of palace partying had never ended, and the sounds of furniture being swept from one room to another during midnight have been heard.

Although the Baron’s Palace is full of horror, it is an incredible piece of historical architecture containing a beautiful spiral staircase inside.

The Grandview Crab Shack Cottage Gets an Upgrade


Grandview was first created in 1946 by a master carpenter named John Mason. He built it for his wife and his son as their family home. There are two cottages available at Grandview for people who want to experience Mathews County’s Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. It is a great source for relaxation and privacy.

If you have ever had an interest in touring Virginia, staying at the Grandview is an excellent idea, especially if you are looking for an incredible bed and breakfast setting.

The Crab Shack Cottage is a one bedroom and one bath cottage, where you can find an absolutely astonishing spiral staircase that has been installed by the experts at Salter themselves. This spiral staircase swirls upward to the master bedroom and was completely customized for Grandview on the Bay.

The beautifully crafted spiral staircase located in Grandview on the Bay is made out of wood. In addition to wood, there are other materials that can be used to build a staircase, such as steel, iron, and aluminum.

If the spiral staircase at Grandview on the Bay has inspired you to purchase a staircase, you will want to make sure that you choose the proper tread style, tread coverings, tread sleeves, balusters, and more for the look you wish to create.

Your spiral staircase can be for industrial, commercial, or residential purposes. No matter what, a spiral staircase will instantly add appeal to your property, business, or building. Take the Grandview on the Bay, for example; their installation has made the time spent at the Crab Shack Cottage an aesthetically pleasing one.