Restoration of vintage Victorians is a booming business in the Boston area. As a stair specialist, I'm frequently called in to design, build, and install new, historically correct staircases. The catch is that they also have to meet modern building codes.

The project I'll discuss in this article began with a completely gutted, 1880s-era three-story house with only the original stair from the first to the second floor left standing. Because the carpenters had to climb ladders to access the third floor, they were understandably eager for us to begin.

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