The World’s Most Famous Staircases: Exploring Unique Designs

Staircases were first created thousands of years ago. Since then, staircase designs have evolved from massive stone structures to diverse, versatile, and unique creations. While stair designs have changed, history does repeat itself. Many current staircase trends take elements from famous ancient stairs to create the intended design. This week, we travel around the world and take a look at some of the world’s most famous staircases and how they compare to similar custom stairs projects we have completed.

Famous Staircases and Their Designs

  1. Loretto Chapel, New Mexico: 1878staircase designsThis world-famous stair spiral was constructed in 1878. Architects discovered that they needed a way to get from the first to the second floor. The materials, architecture plans, and creator of this “miraculous” staircase are unknown. It has become the target of worldwide fame. Plus, the chapel has now been converted to a wedding chapel and museum.No one has since been able to replicate this staircase due to its strange helical structure. Although, certain elements have carried over into modern day trends. For example, the wooden spiral staircase shown below designed by Southern Staircase utilizes a similar wooden baluster and handrail system to create an air of elegance.
  2. Tulip Stairs, Queen’s House, England: 1616-1619This world-famous staircase comes from Greenwich, England. These were commissioned in 1616 by the Queen of England. Its name “Tulip Stairs” was inspired by the delicate flowers on the wrought iron balustrade.staircase designs spiralSpiral staircase architecture has persisted into modern day. The design element of spiral stairs leading up to a light fixture has also persisted. This can be shown through the project Southern Staircase completed below.staircase designs customVisit our spiral staircase gallery to see additional product photos and details.
  3. Rococo Staircase, 1763Palazzo Biscari’s is a privately owned villa that is home to this elegant staircase. It also features a large layer of rococo stucco, which has become one of the most famous elements of the stair. The most distinguishing aspect, though, is the unique metal baluster system that stretches the length of the staircase.

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While the complex stucco system remains completely unique to this staircase, many staircases today have taken after the whimsical metal baluster system. The staircase shown below was completed and installed for a residence by Southern Staircase and features a similar metal baluster system.

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Stair Railing Design

Inspired yet?

View additional wrought iron railings for more examples. If you’re looking for a more contemporary look, stainless steel also looks marvelous in a curved or spiral staircase.

Southern Staircase makes the process of ordering custom stairs and ornamental metal handrails simple. Do you have a specific design in mind, such as an open riser or flared staircase? Our team will work collaboratively with you to bring your vision to life. If you are seeking inspiration or ideas, we will help you to explore your options and make the best possible decision for your style and needs.

Are you looking for a simple straight stairs design or are interested in installing a cable railing? Maybe you need high-quality commercial stairs installed. We’re here for all of that too.

Our reputation speaks for itself. Client satisfaction and superb customer service are our highest priorities. From inspiration to installation, our team is committed to delivering the highest quality products and stair solutions. Learn about Southern Staircase’s history and why we’re leading the stair industry.

Contact us today to discuss enhancing your home with a beautiful custom staircase design. We can give you a free project quote.