Perhaps the most striking feature of the school is the Grand Staircase with it’s domed roof above it’s uppermost landing. The walls are carefully trimmed with plaster mouldings and cornices, the walls are plastered with a generous amount of plaster; the stone stairs rise past a mezzanine level to the top floor and limestone arches flank both the windows on the mezzanine and the pinnacle of the stairs. Or rather used to flank the pinnacle of the stairs, they are now replaced by metal braces as the broken chunks of limestone litter the floor below.
Large mirrors at both the floor and mezzanine would have added to the light, airy, grand feeling but also ensured the scholars had ample opportunity to ensure they were well turned out before beginning the days lessons.
The next post will explore the area around the staircase in a little more detail as I feel it is the heart of the building and deserves more in depth coverage.
The image was again a 6 bracket image, tonemapped in Photomatix. This image was imported into Adobe Photoshop for minor adjustments.