I grew up in the fifties and like any other upstanding, respectable family of the era when buying or building a new house it was to be a long, sleek low, ranging 'ranch style' house. That is just what my father did when he built our house in 1957. It is a beautiful house and everyone in my family adored it, except for one thing, my sisters and brothers and I always longed for a two-story house with a staircase complete with banister kids could slide down when called for dinner. All my life I've wondered at beautiful staircases, straight, curved or spiraled. I don't know what it is, that allure. Is it the mystery of what lies above, the beauty and style of a slow, subtle curve, or the interest of intricate detailing? Maybe it was just the joyous bounce in a person's gait that always seemed to go with every ascent or descent. What ever it is, I find most staircases beautiful, prepossessing and gracious. Since I have such a great, unwavering love for this architectural marvel I've gathered a few to share; one straight, one curved, one spiraled and one that's just beautiful.
WHEN STAIRS LEARNED TO SPEAK
OUR ANDES STAIRCASE
THE STAIRCASE AS PHOTOGRAPHIC ART