The ornate, heavy brass hall tree at the top of the stairs was purchased in
the fall of 2003 from "Home Again Furnishings", complete with its original
carnival glass light shades. It was a consignment piece from a family in the
Arcadia Neighborhood who had owned it for a generation, and testified to its
"provenance". The family decided to sell because their maid had grown tired
of polishing the brass.
The small ownership tag hidden on the back identifies it as the property of
the "Chicken Ranch, Texas. Do not remove from bedrooms". You may recall that
the Chicken Ranch was the real life original of the musical and movie "Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas", with Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. We see it
as a classy tribute to a once flourishing neighborhood industry.