Austin-Cravotta scoured the internet for old books and manuscripts, ordered out-of-print copies and took meticulous notes to make sure every detail was accurate. Of course, the craftsman and artisans he worked with were a great source of information, he says. "They provided a wealth of knowledge and historical context."
I like this example of the stairs because of the grandness of the structure. | I agree, and I also love the way that the continuity of the railing frames the opening with a lacelike quality. People sometimes forget that railings are just as important as stairs - evident in how many rail-less stairs are featured in magazines.