Staircase and landing

The massive Frankfurt cabinets, with columns and pilasters and a walnut veneer, attest to the city’s highly developed craftsmanship. They were used to store the family’s large inventory of linens. The Goethe’s owned around 144 sets of bedding alone. Washing day had to be done only three times a year. At Goethe’s time the amount of a family’s linens reflected their prosperity.

The door between the Frankfurt cabinets leads to the “Kaminstübchen” or fireplace room, which is open on special occasions.