The Albany

The 4' diameter Albany, introduced in 1976, is adapted from a design that first appeared in England around 1870. So popular is the Albany design that this model is now also offered in a 5' diameter, providing 50% more tread surface than the original 4' Albany. Primarily designed for use as a secondary stair and an ideal solution where space is at a premium, the Albany is an excellent way to access lofts, balconies, attics, decks or a wall of bookshelves. The open fretwork tread design makes the Albany particularly suitable for exterior installation, as snow and rain do not collect on the surface.


Diameter: 4' (1220 mm) and 5'(1524 mm) clockwise or counter-clockwise ascending.

Stair rise: 8" (203 mm).

Weight: 45 lbs. (20.5 kgs.) for 4' diameter, and 80 lbs. (36.29 kgs.) for the 5' diameter, per complete riser (includes Georgian baluster, tread, pole and handrail).

Rotation: Each tread = 27.69 degrees; 13 treads = 360 degrees.

Baluster height: 38.5" (978 mm).

Handrail: 1.5" (38 mm) diameter black steel tube is standard. Brass or polished chrome tubular handrails are optional. End scroll is included.


The Albany spiral staircase is available in both clockwise and counter-clockwise ascending directions. There are 13 treads to the circle (360 degrees). This means that an average flight (13 risers/treads) rotates a full circle. Each rise is 8” (203 mm). Stair elevations may be adjusted in our shop by reducing or adding to each riser as needed. There is a small charge for this service. To determine the correct number of complete risers required, simply divide your elevation by 8" (203 mm). Each riser comes equipped to accommodate one Georgian Baluster.

Landing notes: The landing plate and the top tread must form a square platform when bolted together (see diagram). The minimum size of the 4' Albany landing is 25" x 25" (635 mm x 635 mm); for the 5' Albany it is 31.5” x 31.5” (800 mm x 800 mm). The thickness of the landing plate should not be greater than 2" to allow for sufficient headroom.


A selection of stock and custom components is available to complete and customize the Albany installation.

Landings: Custom cast aluminum or steel plate landings can be made to each job's specifications. Whatever shape the stairwell may be, Steptoe's shop can create the necessary landing. Two patterns are available: the checker plate surface and thedecorative surface. Alternatively, a local carpenter or metal fabricator can prepare the landing from a wide range of materials.

Angle collar: This small brass attachment connects the straight handrail to the brass finial ball supplied with the staircase.

Extension railings: Straight lengths of tube (steel, brass or polished chrome) are sold, per foot, to be used as handrails.

Georgian balusters: A. 38.5" (978 mm) B. 41.375" (1050 mm) C. 42.5" (1080 mm) D. 44" (1118 mm). All measurements are to the top of a 1.5” diameter tubular handrail.

Well ring: Large circular rail to follow the line of the circular well. One leg attaches to finial ball.

A note about building codes: Codes vary across the country. Consult your local authority. Steptoe & Wife Antiques Ltd. guarantees the Steptoe™ staircase for materials only; there is no representation or warranty other than for the quality of the materials supplied. We are not responsible for incorrect or inappropriate installation.

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