Ashbury Terrace Spiral Steps – How a Small Piece of Civic Work Beautifies and Defines a Neighborhood

23 Jan

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It is very interesting that on the streets and in the parks of San Francisco there are all these small piece of art work, sculptures, monuments and civic works that have beautified and defined each pocket of neighborhood. The spiral steps on Ashbury Terrace is one of the great examples.

The pair of spiral curving walls and the classical pillars located at the turning corner of the street are not only beautiful, but they are also a very practical solution to help one continue to travel up a curving street smoothly. The white color, a distinguished color of the City Beautiful Movement because of the white-ish stonework, has really given the steps a presence among the lush green landscape surrounding the steps. The atmosphere of the place would certainly not be the same if a straight angle conventional stairway was built instead.

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the curving street of ashbury terrace

spiral steps at ashbury terrace – 11:25am, Jan 22, 2013-01-23

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2 Responses to “Ashbury Terrace Spiral Steps – How a Small Piece of Civic Work Beautifies and Defines a Neighborhood”

  1. Sartenada January 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Very beautiful. I am sure that the person coming down these stairs, must be in hurry, because when making every step he/she must admire the beauty of these spiral steps.

    • kam January 25, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      Very true! I really admire the effort put into making the little parts of San Francisco beautiful and dignified. Instead of making everything just practical and cheap, I believe beautiful artifact and civic work have a positive impact to the quality of living 🙂

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