Fifth Floor

The fifth floor was where the female servants slept. In 1880, six women shared the four small bedrooms. Only two of the rooms had fireplaces, so they were likely allocated based on seniority and position in the household. The male servant slept on the ground floor, as it would have been inappropriate for unmarried women and men to bunk too near to each other.

A large skylight in the roof makes the fifth-floor hallway the brightest space in the house. The ladies’ maids would have made use of this feature and conducted their sewing and mending here. Family lore also has it that the Gibson children kept their dollhouse on the fifth floor, where they would have been able to play in the sunlight.

Fifth floor servant call bells.
Fifth floor servant call bells.

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One of the fifth floor bedrooms set up for our specialty tour, "Little Women at the Gibson House".
One of the fifth floor bedrooms set up for our specialty tour, "Little Women at the Gibson House".

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The Warren Dollhouse played with by the Gibson children. Image courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum wher
The Warren Dollhouse played with by the Gibson children. Image courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum wher

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Fifth floor servant call bells.
Fifth floor servant call bells.

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