May 27, 2013


“Separated at birth?”  This question was asked monthly, for a time, in Spy Magazine in days gone by.  And here at Land of Excess, we ask it now: “Separated at birth?”  The gilt-domed staircase at left was featured in our April 2, 2013 post.  We ran across this other dome-like thing on the right today, in a building listed at $5,250,000 in Bethesda, MD.  We prefer the one at left for the simple reason that the one at right [“Signature Floating Staircase”] looks to us like it might be a giant coffee grinder that is ready to start slicing off the tops of our heads as we near the top of the stairs.  Well, that and the fact that the balcony right below looks tacked on and mucks up the space.