9. A raised driveway for cars was once envisioned for the entrance

The main staircase (expanded in the 1970’s and a favorite hang-out of Blair Waldorf and Co. in Gossip Girl), was once considered an “overbearing ornament.” The steps were also thought to “strike terror in all persons who have reached middle age,” so various plans were drafted to do away with it including this one, from the mid-twentieth century, to accommodate the automobile.