I’m in a friendly argument with someone about the originality of the stairs in Georgetown. This person seems to believe that the stairs were ‘completely replaced’ about 15 years ago. I am going through my recent photos of the stairs and obviously they have been patched and what looks like a 1″ + topping, most likely to make them level – but seem to be the originals underneath. Does anyone know anything about this or does anyone have a high quality photo/screencap from the movie (All the Kinderman photos I found are poor quality) of the bottom part of the stairs. Thanks.
I’m not getting any returns on my search queries on here. I posted several pictures last year of the entire filming area including the famous Hitchcock steps. I’m with you in that the steps were not replaced. These were a solid pour cement step with 1-2″ toppers. The area has been modified over the years, but trying to remove solid cement steps would be a structural nightmare. The handrails are indeed relatively newer, but the steps are the same.
The photos I did find of Kinderman in front of the steps are pretty clear and I compared them to the ones I have. There are vertical imperfections that still match from the original pour. Unless your friend has real proof, it’s doesn’t make sense.
I’m not doubting that this person didn’t see a lot of work done on the stairs, but it had to be leveling for safety (the toppers) or even the addition of the railings. I was there a couple days ago and the railing on the right is going to be needing some repair again soon. I also found a high resolution photo of Kinderman and matched up some ‘holes & pitting on the lower steps and they matched up nicely, minus the ‘toppers’. Thanks for the help!