Stairwell / Spiral staircase



Explanation of this photo: see Forehouse.


Function: The stairwell facilitated vertical traffic. The steps have a standard height of 20 cm. Given the height of the Forehouse of 4 meters there were 20 steps of 20 cm. each. This stairwell has been indicated on the architectural plan by Zantkuijl (2001), but is not mentioned in the 1676 inventory.

See the original documents from the Delft Archives. Goods owned by Catharina Bolnes, page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7. Goods jointly owned by Catharina Bolnes and Maria Thins, page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6.


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