Shaker architecture can be described as balanced. Buildings typically include separate, identical, side-by-side doors and staircases — one for men, one for women. The balanced architecture is best shown by the twin staircases and doors in the Centre Family Dwelling.
The Trustees’ Office has side-by-side spiral staircases, a unique example of amazing craftsmanship that separates Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., from other Shaker villages around the country. The twin spiral staircases have been photographed thousands of times and are used as the identifying feature of the village.
Every structure in the village provides a lesson in history and architectural ingenuity as well as an opportunity for photo hobbyists to capture interesting images.
The grounds at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., include 34 original-19th century buildings, a working farm and a nature preserve spread across than 3,000 acres. The ground can be toured easily by foot or by riding in a horse-drawn wagon.