This video discusses the dangers of Victorian-era staircases, particularly the steep, narrow staircases that led to the servants' quarters, which were generally on the upper floors. The main staircase, the one visitors would see when they came into the house, would be wide and grandly designed, with plenty of space for the feet, often costing thousands of pounds; while those for the servants were haphazardly designed, tall, steep, narrow, with unevenly spaced risers and often lacking handrails. The servants' health and safety didn't matter, since they were easily replaceable and nobody cares about poor people.
The thing I'm wondering is this: were the grand, beautiful, and safe staircases installed by the Victorians at all? They seem similar to the style we are calling Tartarian, although it could be a style of some other empire/kingdom/territory existing simultaneously, we don't really know. So let's just say, the Old Earth style, wherein everything was made to be not merely functional, but beautiful, as well, and it was simply a matter of course to embellish everything with cupids, gold leaf, and frou-frou scrolly bits. I'm thinking that the terrible, no-good, very bad servants' staircases, crammed into tiny spaces for the sake of convenience and saving money, came after the mud flood and restoration era. The narrator is just lumping everything into the same time frame because that's all he knows based on the history he's been taught.
I did a bit of looking about and came across an entire blog dedicated to the dangers of Victorian homes. It must have sucked to live in those times. That link goes to the first of a 4-part series on staircases. I just can't imagine trying to get up and down such stairs while wearing voluminous skirts and carrying a child or linens or trays of food. Could these really have been designed by the same people who made this?
We've seen the photos of Tartarian buildings with the bigger entrances and windows on the bottom floors and smaller windows at the top, and speculated that perhaps there were different sized levels for different sized people. There could also have been a division of rich and poor, masters and servants, with the servants living in the smaller quarters on the top floor. Perhaps it was both; big people in charge, smaller people serving them.
This is St. Petersburg, where you can clearly see the smaller and larger windows. I cannot imagine this building having steep, rickety, dangerous staircases anywhere. If the smaller floors were for the servants (and assuming this was originally a place for people to live in), then they didn't have to suffer the constant fear of dying on a staircase.
I dunno, I watched the video and some things just don't seem to add up. I think we are seeing two different construction styles--one breathtakingly beautiful, the other cheap, dirty, and hazardous--from two different periods of human history that were separated probably by a short period of time...however long it took to clean up the muddy mess and begin moving cheap, expendable labor into the cities.