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Upon descending the grand staircase, one encounters the art galley of Chez Vel-DuRay. We are great patrons of the arts, of course, and the collection includes some of the finest collections of swag lamps, plastic greenery and what my mother calls "sofa art" on North Beacon Hill.
Continuing down along the gallery, one fines examples of artists such as Carlos of Hollywood, Witco, and other artists with unusually large signatures.
Continuing along, we find the laundry grotto, which proves that laundry day doesn't have to be a grim chore, but a delightful interlude among art.
Before we continue on, let us pause for a moment at the Lunch Counter of Chez Vel-DuRay, complete with stools from the lunch counter at the much-missed downtown Seattle Woolworths.
And now, perhaps the piece d'resistance of the lower level: The Rathskeller. It has things that spin, flash and move up and down. It really does have to be seen to be believed, so drop on over for a cocktail (but phone first, ok?)
North Beacon Hill's Champagne Hostess, Catalina Vel-DuRay, will be happy to take your order. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for her to bring it to you, however
Here's the other half of the Rathskeller. It's rather masculine, with a big fireplace and even bigger TV. But how can you not love knotty pine paneling?
Are you hungry? Would you like a snack? How about some hot, fresh popcorn while you relax in the lounger and listen to some Ray Conniff on the Hi-Fi?
Before leaving, please take a moment to pay your respects to one of our best Presidents, and our second-best First Lady (the first being Eleanor Roosevelt, of course)

There's also a bedroom and bathroom down there. But they don't photograph well.

But wait! Don't leave yet - just click here to see pictures of the master suite (which is a fancy way of saying the two original bedrooms on the main floor.