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Stone Cantilevered Staircases

Helen Rogers of Prce and Myers lectured to the course on these most enigmatic architectural details. It seems there are regional variations in the design and construction of these, with examples in Ireland having a particularly slim profile with minimal ‘notching’ that tests them to their limits (and beyond in some instances…) See the attached image from the back stair at 45 Merrion Square, Dublin photographed during the recent course trip…

Follow this link to read a fascinating article revealing (almost) all of the mysteries surrounding these gravity-defying and evocative features…

Stone cantilevered staircases 2005

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