Little known fact about the grand staircase set in the 1997 film. The art department actually made the grand staircase bigger than it really was. If you compare the staircase from the 1997 movie, to this colorized photograph of the actual staircase in 1912, or to this scale replica located Branson MO, you can clearly see there’s a difference in the width of the stairs. I read the art department from the 97 film said people are bigger now days and they felt it needed to be expanded, and that they also wanted to make it feel “more grand”. However personally I really don’t see there was any need to make it bigger. Considering the average height of a 21 year old man in 1912 was 5’8”, where as in 2012 it’s 5’10”. So there’s really only a few inches difference.