The following pictures show the room being revealed and finally a pan of the foyer how it was meant to be seen (though a bit rough around the edges.) As strange as it is, this area is still the best preserved of the house. On a positive note I did salvage a good amount of lumber for future use.
Some of you may notice that empty hole at the base of the steps. At first I thought Damn! they hacked up the wainscoting... for what? But then I noticed the outline of something and the bulb went off - there was a built in bench here and was ripped out for the wall. Wasn't anything safe with these people??!