National Geographic : 1943 Apr
Cobweb of Wood, a "Flying" Staircase Makes a Dizzy Journey for the Eyes Mrs. John Howard Swift ascends the spiral at her home in Haverhill, New Hampshire. Once the town was a stage and tavern center, and the house, built in 1798, was an inn. Apparently lacking support, the stairs are securely anchored to wall beams. Equally graceful examples are found in stone. Here Dwelt a FriendofPresidents, the Idol ofHis Students atAmherst College Edwin A. Grosvenor (1845-1936) was distinguished as an orientalist, his torian, and head of Phi BetaKappa. Never too dignified tolead avictory rally, he was hailed as "Grosvie, the man offluent speech." He was the confi dant of Coolidge, whom he taught; ofCleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft.