13 November 2013

Why do some stairwells have two handrails?

Building codes? Aesthetics? Functional? Decorative? Any ideas?

Edit: just to be clear, in response to Eric's comment below (since I can't seem to add a comment myself). I'm not talking about a handrail on each side of the stars. I'm talking about two individual handrails on the same side; in the images below, both the wooden handrail and the metal handrail six or eight inches below and beside it.

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