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The Greenbrier, Dorothy Draper.Dorthy Draper in the early She was the Martha Stewart of her day. She preferred working on large commercial projects and products. That set her apart as a woman.

Grand Staircase, Bishop’s Palace, Galveston, Texas The grand staircase in the Bishop’s Palace, Galveston, TX, shows the extraordinary wood workmanship (and dark wood) and exquisite stained glass of rich Victorian homes. A fireplace in the entry is luxury itself. Photo by victoria.

In traditional buildings, the charm of an entrance hall lies in the original architectural features such as columns, pediments and grand staircases, reflecting the era and style of the building.