Does this interior feature seem to be an integral part of the architecture
of the historic building, as opposed to its furniture? And is it part
of the interior visual character? Yes.
LOOK + IDENTIFY
Distinctive interior features can include fireplace mantles, plaster ceiling
medallions, or paneling, or interior features like hardware, lighting
fixtures, bank tellers cages, and decorative elevator doors.
Of course, a large and ornamental open stairway that dominates the visual
character of an entire building would be identified as architecturally
significant. But this modest iron stairway is just as important an interior
feature and an important visual component of the building.
WHAT IF THE STAIRWAY IS ALTERED?
Removing the lacy side panels to install solid panels would jeopardize
the visual character, as would overpainting the iron stairway with black
or some other color paint.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Preserve character-defining interior features in the process of rehabilitating a historic building for a continuing or new use!