After visiting the First Baptist Church in Malden, Massachusetts to see the curved staircase built by my great-grandfather, Robert Paine Palmer my Mom, my sister and I all walked next door to the Malden Public Library to see the other staircase we had hear so much about.
To our great surprise, it was much easier to get to see the staircase in the church. We soon discovered that the spiral staircase was in an historic part of the building not accessible to the public. The library was very busy that day but the kind man at the information desk was able to get a few moments to show the staircase to us. While our visit there was brief at least we were able to get some photos and the library historical board was very interested in our information and family photos. The information librarian pointed out that if my great-grandfather was a Master Stairbuilder, then he probably built more than just these two staircases! What a thought. We were amazed that this never occurred to us! More research would be needed, of course, but it set our minds turning to thinking of how we could research this. We exchanged contact info and went on our way. Below are the few photos I was able to take in the brief time allotted.
By talking to the librarian we were able to determine that this staircase was built before the one in the First Baptist Church next door since the interior of the church burnt down in 1915 and had to be rebuilt. The library was built in 1895.
I am so glad I was able to see all of this before I move away.