Upstairs Downstairs

The staircase in the Red House, Youghal, County Cork. So called after the brick used in its construction, this building dates from the first decade of the 18th century when it was built for the wealthy Uniacke family: the design has been attributed to a Dutch architect called Leuventhen. Although parts have been subsequently altered, much of the interior retains its original appearance, including the Corinthian-capped pine balusters, alternately fluted and barley-sugared. The paneling would also look to be original: on either side of the stairs’ return is a round-arched niche which presumably would originally have held a statue.


2 comments on “Upstairs Downstairs

  1. loyebuck says:

    Thanks for the introduction to the term “barley-sugared”!

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  2. Andrew McCarthy says:

    The term “barley-sugared” is a new one for me too. I’d be more inclined to call them “Solomonic” (after the spiraling corkscrew columns in St Peter’s, Rome, of which the originals in Constantine’s old basilica allegedly came from Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem).

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