Greenwich, London - 2016
The Queen's House rests between the old Naval College and the Observatory. The oldest of the three, in our opinion it is the most exquisite with two circular stairs leading to the really quite modest house. Its Classical Palladian architecture was the first of its kind in England and, even though additional wings and colonnades were added in the 19th century, it still has a certain sense of simple majesty.
The tulip staircase is truly one of the house's hidden gems. Most, in their rush to visit the home's grand halls and painted ceilings, miss the opportunity to look towards the heavens as they pass right through. Those who do stop are treated to the first example of a centrally unsupported helical staircase in England. With tulips (although thought to be lilies) carefully wrought into the hand rail design and painted a dark blue to match the light coming through the lantern above, the aesthetic effect is truly stunning.
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