Staircases : history, repair and conservation by James W. P. Campbell

By James W. P. Campbell

The staircase dates again to the very starting of architectural historical past. nearly each major construction from the ziggurats of historical Mesopotamia to the current day, has not just contained a number of staircases, yet has celebrated them. For such an it sounds as if easy a part of a construction they've been made in a bewildering number of varieties and from quite a lot of fabrics. all ages has sought to out-perform the former to provide ever extra astonishing and gravity-defying designs.

'Staircases: historical past, fix and Conservation' is the 1st significant reference quantity committed fullyyt to the certainty of staircases and the problems surrounding their fix and conservation.

Each bankruptcy has been in particular written by way of specialists of their respective fields. The ebook is vital examining for execs and a person with an curiosity in staircases. It offers with the background; courting; archaeology; surveying and recording; engineering; curating; fix and conservation of the staircase in one quantity. No different booklet deals this kind of wide variety of detail.

The ebook is split into 3 parts:

Part 1 covers the historical past, improvement, identity and relationship of staircases, delivering unique drawings and pictures and an advent to the clinical options to be had to permit the exact courting of staircases.

Part 2 covers the layout, engineering and upkeep of the staircase, giving a transparent consultant to the newest learn into the layout of secure staircases and their structural balance.

Part three makes a speciality of the fabrics commonplace to make stairs, detailing the ideal recommendations for his or her conservation and repair.

The result's a complete research encompassing massive and much achieving study which goals to notify our realizing and increase the scholarship of the topic for years to come.

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Egyptian houses had staircases, as evidenced by excavation, clay and wooden models found among grave goods and wall paintings. They ranged from single storey, often with an outside staircase to the roof, to two or sometimes three storeys. Many internal staircases were of timber carried on beams (carriage pieces) and had straight flights. The common external staircase to a roof terrace could be stone or brick. Winding or spiral staircases are not so common in Egyptian architecture, but the earliest significant example, possibly as early as the Nineteenth Dynasty (1307–1196 BC), is at the complex of temples at Deir el-Medina.

Stairs have always been a particular interest, with the Queen Square Stairs being his most important commission, but conservation projects include the Cope Chest at Wells Cathedral 1175 – the oldest piece of furniture to be in continuous use and to have been radio carbon dated in the British Isles. Current projects include copies of the furniture for Strawberry Hill House. Tom Flemons is a qualified stonemason and conservator. He has worked in the field of stone conservation for over 20 years and was the recipient, in 1992, of the William Morris Craft Fellowship from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

1150,31 it became a site of pilgrimage, not for religious purposes, but for stone masons and apprentices to study its exacting stereometry. 26 Vault of the staircase in the Bab el Nasr, Cairo, Egypt. (L. Tamborero, 2002, see note 30). 27 Sectional drawing by Viollet-le-Duc of Vis de Saint-Gilles, illustrating the principle of cut stone vault construction for spiral staircases. 28 Saint-Gilles du Gard, southern France. The famous Vis de Saint-Gilles. (BIERNE Remi) Not all spiral staircases were cut stone vaults, many were formed with a very coarse or rubble matrix concrete using formwork.

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