The Pipe Rail Stairs get their name from the economical (and good looking) 1 ½” diameter pipe rails they use as the balusters and handrails.
This is the largest ‘group’ of stairs on Queen Anne Hill and in Seattle. The group can be further broken down into two smaller subsets based on their finials: Ball Type and Acorn.
While the ‘Acorn’ finial has an inherent historic quality, the ‘Ball Type’ finials matched the ingenious ball joints (between the vertical and sloped pipes). Close inspection of these joints shows that they were adjustable during installation – allowing for workers to make adjustments in the field.
Here are some examples of Pipe Rail from around the hill.