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A sign at Madame Sherri Forrest asks people not to climb the stairs. The stairs are about the only things left from the ruins of an elaborate “castle” where Madame Sherri (born Antoinette Bramare), an enigmatic costume designer, threw glamorous parties for New York’s theatrical elite in the late 1920s and ‘30s.

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CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — A sign at Madame Sherri Forrest asks people not to climb the stairs. The stairs are about the only things left from the ruins of an elaborate “castle” where Madame Sherri (born Antoinette Bramare), an enigmatic costume designer, threw glamorous parties for New York’s theatrical elite in the 1930s. Lynne Borofsky, chair of the Chesterfield Conservation Commission, which helps manage the forest, said the sign "was not authorized (and had some questionable language) and was removed by us."