A Spectacular Spiral Stairway
This remarkable flying spiral stair which grows smaller in diameter as it rises.
In 1941 Wallace Harrison, the principal architect of Rockefeller Center, the United Nations Building, Lincoln Center and many other large scale public projects designed a house for Nelson Rockefeller on the rugged coast of Maine. Named The Anchorage, it was a bold design, consisting of a large crescent shape following the curve of the shoreline with a tapering, lighthouse like tower in the center. Inside the tower is this remarkable flying spiral stair which grows smaller in diameter as it rises. At the top is an observation deck with dramatic views of the shoreline. Inside, the view from the bottom of the spiraling stair resembles a chambered nautilus. Wooden dowels covering the surface under the stairs suggest the chambers of the seashell. This is one of the few “classic” modern houses in Maine and is a remarkable tour de force of design.
See below and also click here for another view of this project.