Room 604 This beautiful room is one of four rooms where we were able to retain basement access. The room off straight was an original sitting area and we assume the main entry was the kitchen. The stairway does meet modern standards unfortunately we were restricted to making changes to many of the stairways. The walls were cleaned by using a hammer resembling a geologist’s pick. The rough surfaces help the oxidization process which allows the stone to harden. A smooth surface would tend to collect moisture and cause flaking. This is the way the walls were done hundreds of years ago. You will also notice holes bored into ceilings of all bathrooms and some other rooms. These enhance air circulation which is necessary in preservation of the cave surfaces. Without ventilation moisture would collect and the walls and ceilings would deteriorate. The bed, desk, closet doors and windows frames were made on site. Stones were also sized on site.