Ornate to the Less Ornate
In last weeks post about the stairs and clock in the bluestone that is belongs to Deaf Children Australia, I talked about whether or not the students of the Deaf and Dumb Institution were allowed to use those stairs that were in the main entrance to the building. I asked some people there and they weren’t quite sure, but I think the main staircase was built to impress. I have another photo of it.
I like the perspective of this image, it has a surreal feeling. At least that is what I think. The window really stands out. The colours are so lovely.
I haven’t processed it very well, I’m afraid. I might have to try it again sometime, but I do like how the window came out.
Now lets compare it with another staircase.
These stairs are the near, what would have been the boys dormitory and go up to the third floor. The stairs look as they would have 150 years ago. You can see the wear and tear. You can see where the steps have been worn down by people walking up and down them for almost 150 years. They are closed now, you aren’t allowed to go up or down them now, they need work and are too dangerous. There was a sign on them, but I Photoshopped it out.
Different stairs in different parts of the building. The ones above are very similar to the rest of the staircases in the building. If you look closely the wood work on the above staircase is no where near as ornate as the one at the top.
I do think the first image shows that that staircase was there to impress, it was there for the visitors. Not that there is anything wrong with that, and I am very glad that they did. I love discovering little things like this in the building.
I know there is a story behind that stain glass window as well. I don’t know the name of the person who did it, but apparently when he was at the school doing the window he used to teach some of the boys the trade of leadlighting. He did other windows as well, I don’t know if you remember the stained glass windows around the front door. I will try and find out more for you.
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