Prefacing this paper with the development in the vernacular tradition in building, the author examines the subject of stone stairs in Scotland. His personal and extensive experience during his career as a conservation architect has helped the author understand the history and evolution of the stair as an integral component of a building which can simultaneously characterise local building tradition in terms of method and materials, indicate technological innovations, and finally represent a language of architectural design and style. In this paper, the author discusses the mural, turnpike, pencheck and scale and platt stair.
Architectural Heritage – Edinburgh University Press
Published: Nov 1, 2007