Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

By

This week’s photo challenge was for descent – “a perspective looking down”.

One of the most beautiful staircases I’ve ever seen is at the historic Jefferson Hotel, in downtown Richmond, Virginia.  According to their website, the hotel was built in 1895 by the tobacco magnate, Lewis Ginter.  It nearly burned down in 1901 and was not rebuilt for several years.  The famous statute of Thomas Jefferson had to be repaired when Jefferson’s head broke off as it was being carried to safety.

The hotel also had alligators in the pools until 1948!  They were pets donated by local residents who needed to get rid of them when they got too big.

According to Wikipedia, Margaret Mitchell stayed at the Jefferson during the time she wrote “Gone With The Wind”.  It is believed that the staircase at the Jefferson was the inspiration for the staircase she described in her book.

These pictures were taken at several different times.  The Christmas decorations are gorgeous and I hope to take more pictures of them this year.