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During both the Lauriers’ and William Lyon Mackenzie King’s tenure in Laurier House, the first floor was the public area of the house, where the two Prime Ministers entertained guests. When the Lauriers lived here, access to the upper floors consisted of a main staircase to the second floor and a narrow back staircase to the third floor. The major changes to the first floor made after the house became King’s, were the addition of the elevator and the relocation of the staircase.