This cast iron wonder mixes a gothic pattern of pointed arches and lobes at the newels with a Greek key motif running at the bottom of the rail. Note the right-hand one didn’t quite make it to conform to the stone shape; so the posts start on a vertical but keep getting more and more slanted till they hit the stone corner, where they had to be cut at an angle!

Still, we love the ingenuity and naiveness of the design.

Casa da Viscondessa Santiago do Lobão, Avenida da Boavista, Porto

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