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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Roswell, NM
This door is the front door of the Alien Resistance HQ in Roswell NM. The Alien Resistance HQ offers Christian ufology to the Roswell, New Mexico community. Roswell NM is the site where in 1947 something crashed or was shot down and this event caused more controversy as to what really happened than most other UFO events in current history. We do know that something happened, that the government came in and removed a craft and perhaps some bodies. But if this was extraterrestrial... we might never find out. The photo was taken by Stacie Nason.
posted by /T/ at 7:34 PM
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Monsaraz, Portugal
This door is a door photographed by António Caeiro in the little known small town Monsaraz. This town is a "jewel in the crown" of the Alentejo, if not Portugal itself. It is a small walled group of dwellings that carefully preserve most of their original charm by retaining the old exteriors and the original quaint slated streets. The inhabitants of the town take particular pride in maintaining its somewhat medieval atmosphere with its few narrow streets that are in parts quite steep as they fall away to the defending walls.
posted by /T/ at 1:51 PM
Friday, July 29, 2005

Montepulciano, Italy
This photo was taken in the Tuscan town of Montepulciano. This town is built along a narrow limestone ridge and sits 1,950 ft (605 m) above sea level. It is encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511 for Cosimo I. Inside the walls the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palazzi and churches, but the town is by far known for its good local "Vino Nobile" wines. This beautiful Italian door was shared by Al Teich who has a collection of Italian Doors on his website.
posted by /T/ at 11:50 AM
Thursday, July 28, 2005

Brookline, MA
This beautiful door is the front door of a building that was constructed in 1905 in Brookline, Massachusetts. The building itself faces the the Muddy River, which is now a park that was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted who is also the designer of New York's Central Park. Brookline, a suburb adjacent to Boston, was settled in the 1630s. It is famous for being the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy. This photo was shared by Kimberly Burchett.
posted by /T/ at 12:04 AM
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

San Diego, CA
High above Old Town San Diego, sits the Presidio. It was built in 1769 by the Spanish Army as a fort and is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada. The Presidio lookout still provides a panoramic view of the city. The adjacent museum was built in 1929 revealing a fine example of Mission Revival-style architecture. Photo was sent in by John Sparks
posted by /T/ at 8:06 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hatcher Pass, AK
In February of 1942, a small 12’ x 12’ lodge was built six miles below Independence Mine, AK. Since the building was too close to the river it was moved to its present site where it was known for many years as the Little Susitna Roadhouse. In 1943 it was enlarged to 12’ x 24’, and two years later, the upstairs was added. In 1984 the two large wings were added to the original structure, and it was named the Mother Lode Saloon and Cookhouse. The Mother Lode closed in 1987 and sat vacant until April of 1991, when local resident, Jill Reese under the name of Motherlode Lodge, reopened it. Photo was sent in by Bill Owens. Visit the Motherlode Lodge at motherlodelodge.com
posted by /T/ at 1:02 AM
Monday, July 25, 2005

Florence, Italy
This photo was sent in by Hanan Levin. It is a door by the scultpor Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455) called the Gates of Paradise. It is a door on the east side of the baptistery of Florence Cathedral. It took 23 years to complete. Five of the ten panels were torn off the doors by the flood of 1966 and restored with the aid of exact replicas from San Francisco, CA.
A good follower of this blog can figure out where those replicas can be found in San Francisco.
posted by /T/ at 7:39 AM
Sunday, July 24, 2005

Verona, Italy

This very interesting door is a door in Verona Italy. Hanan Levin was so friendly to send in this great shot. Click on it to enlarge it, there is so much detail on it. It is worth it! On Hanan's blog Grow-a-brain you can find a collection of photos and links to all kind of interesting object, including a section about doors.
posted by /T/ at 12:03 AM
Friday, July 22, 2005

Pigeon Point, CA
On June 6, 1853 the clipper ship Carrier Pigeon, bound for San Francisco, ran aground near this point. The ship was lost, but the crew was saved and so they renamed the are at these cliffs Pigeon Point. After some more shipwrecks they decided to build the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Above the door you can see the year the construction began and when the fog signal was activated. The lighthouse itself was only completed and lit on November 5, 1872. In 1960 the coastguard wanted to build additional housing at Pigeon Point and ordered that the beautiful Victorian style keepers home that was still in good shape to be torn down to make room for the new housing. What a shame.
You can find some more photos of Pigeon Point on /T/BLOG/.
posted by /T/ at 8:28 PM

San Carlos, CA
Casa de Flores is the home of the Civic Garden Club of San Carlos. This Garden Club was established in 1937. Besides being a garden club it is also active in preservation and conservation of natural resources. The building also serves as a banquet facility and a wedding chapel.
posted by /T/ at 7:44 AM
Thursday, July 21, 2005

San Carlos, CA
This is the entrance to the Depot Cafe in San Carlos. This cafe is housed in the sandstone train station that was built in 1888 by Leland Stanford's stonemasons who came up here after finishing the Stanford University quad in the same Richardsonian Romanesque style. Funny detail is that you can order here 41 different omelets and hear the short-order cook blow a toy train whistle each time a real train rumbles by.
posted by /T/ at 4:56 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Belmont, CA

This is the entrance of the Notre Dame high school building in Belmont, CA. This building was completed in the fall of 1928. The first graduation from the high school was held in 1930 with 31 graduates. It held a boarding school that was discontinued in 1972. The school is located on the campus of the Notre Dame de Namur University.
posted by /T/ at 6:58 PM
Tuesday, July 19, 2005

San Francisco, CA
Can you believe it that this is a the the front entrance of a 241ft (74m) tall high-rise building? Well it is. It is the entrance to the "Cathedral Apartments" in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The building was designed by the architects "Weeks & Days" who also designed Sir Francis Drake Hotel among others. The contruction of this building by "Cahill Contractors" was completed in 1930.
posted by /T/ at 7:28 PM
Monday, July 18, 2005

Agra, India
This door (another photo courtesy of Rodney Olsen) is a door at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It defintely cannot be called a front door, but I though it's interesting to see a door on a less famous side of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim, Emperor Shah Jahan in the
memory of his dear wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal. It was constructed over a period of twenty-two years, employing twenty thousand workers. It was completed in the year 1648 at a cost of 32 MillionRupees. Its master architect was Ustad‘Isa, the renowned Islamic architect of his time. Expert craftsmen from Delhi, Qannauj, Lahore, and Multan were employed. In addition, many renowned Muslim craftsmen from Baghdad, Shiraz and Bukhara worked on many specialized tasks.
posted by /T/ at 3:53 PM

Agra, India
This door is a door at the Agra Fort. The Agra Fort, also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra, is a magnificent structure in the city of Agra, India. The fort is more of a walled palatial city. The site is very important in terms of architectural history. Some of the most historically interesting mixing of Hindi and Islamic architecture reside there. In fact, some of the decorations are Islamic and yet feature dragons, elephants and birds, instead of the patterns and calligraphy, very much unheard of. Photo by Rodney Olsen.
posted by /T/ at 2:01 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2005

Mountain View, CA
This door is the front door of the historic landmark that was originally the home of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank was founded by early Mountain View residents, many of whose homes still stand in the surrounding downtown area. The building is located on Castro Street and was built in 1905. Now it is home to one of Mountain View's most popular independent coffee houses, Red Rock Coffee Co. Red Rock is often home to live bands.
posted by /T/ at 7:39 PM

Groningen, the Netherlands
This door is a typical Dutch door as there are many like it in bigger cities across the Netherlands. In the beginning of the previous century many 4 or 5 storey row houses were built where the house was divided in a top and a bottom apartment with each their own narrow front entrance. When you enter the door of the top apartment, the first thing you would see is a very steep staircase that leads you to the 3rd floor. This particular is the entrance of a genuine Dutch frat house. As you see there are no Greek symbols used on frat houses here.
Picture by Lisa Saarloos.
posted by /T/ at 8:33 AM
Saturday, July 16, 2005

Mountain View, CA
This is the modern entrance to the Mountain View City Hall.
The landmark Civic Center stands out as a Downtown and citywide landmark. Its unique architecture and pinkish color took a while to get used to, but now most Mountain View residents are proud of it. The City Hall is home to the council chambers, most of the city's departments, a public art gallery, and a 5 story rotunda that offers great views from the 4th floor.
posted by /T/ at 8:20 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2005

Indal, Sweden
This is one of my favorite pictures that was taken at the Gudmundstjärn in Indal, Sweden.
Gudmundstjärn was one of the last real self-supporting farms in Sweden where almost everything a humanbeing needs to survive, was produced by the family itself. For 165 years people lived here with 6 kilometers of wayless country to the nearest village. Five generations in a direct line lived here, and for every generation a number of houses for different purposes were built. In the beginning of our century there were about 30 buildings at the farm. Gudmundstjärn got its name from the tarn nearby where a farmer called Gudmund Pärsson drowned together with his maid one day in 1694.
posted by /T/ at 4:45 PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

San Francisco, CA
This grand door is the door of 1001 California Corp at 1001 California St, San Francisco. I really like the fact that in a way it feels like you are already indoors with the beautiful ceiling lamp, while you are just standing on California St.
posted by /T/ at 2:39 PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Alnö, Sweden
These two doors are doors of the "Gamla Kyrka" (Old Church) on the island Alnö near Sundsvall in Sweden. This church was built in around the year 1200!
posted by /T/ at 6:25 PM
Monday, July 11, 2005

Alnö, Sweden
This door is of the, what they call in Alnö, Nya Kyrka (new church). This church built in 1896. Tomorrow I'll show you the door of the old church. Stay tuned...
posted by /T/ at 9:20 PM

San Francisco, CA
The Grace Cathedral in San Francisco has even some more beautiful doors. And maybe they are not front doors, but they sure deserve a spot here.
Photo july 2005.
posted by /T/ at 7:59 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2005

Pt. Loma, CA
This photo of a beautiful Walnut and stained glass front door was sent in by Pete Alexander. The door is hand-crafted by local legendary artist James Hubbell.
posted by /T/ at 10:48 PM

Woodbury, CT
The Old Woodbury Historical Society Library it was The Town Clerks office from 1888 to 1952. Photo courtesy of Bill Owens.
posted by /T/ at 9:07 PM

Northampton, MA
This door is the door to the Tunnel Bar; an upscale bar that once was an entrance to Union Train Station above. Union Station was designed by noted architect H.H. Richardson and built in 1896. The whole bar is the width of the tunnel. (previously posted in revised form on the blog New England Photos). Photo courtesy of Bill Owens.
posted by /T/ at 8:58 PM

Riverton, CT
Hitchcock Chair Museum formerly the Union Church established 1829, photo by Bill Owens.
posted by /T/ at 8:44 PM

Granville, MA
This nicely decorated door was formerly the door to a law office started in 1770 that now is to the house of the photographer of a number of New England doors Bill Owens.
posted by /T/ at 8:40 PM

San Diego, CA
This beautiful mahogany door was sent in by John Sparks. Thank you John!
posted by /T/ at 4:39 PM
Saturday, July 09, 2005

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
This door deserves two pictures, and not just because I could not get those people to move out of my view.
July 2005
posted by /T/ at 7:18 PM
Friday, July 08, 2005

San Francisco, CA

Grace Cathedral, July 2005 (to be continued)
posted by /T/ at 6:56 PM
Thursday, July 07, 2005

Redwood City, CA

Broadway, July 2005
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Redwood City, CA
First American Title Company, July 2005
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Redwood City, CA

Hamilton St., July 2005
posted by /T/ at 8:01 PM
Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Burlingame, CA

Burlingame Ave, July 2005
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Burlingame, CA

Burlingame Ave, July 2005
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Burlingame CA

Primrose Rd, July 2005
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Burlingame, CA

The Burlingame Train Station, July 2005
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Burlingame, CA

Burlingame Ave, July 2005
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Palo Alto, CA

The Cheese Cake Factory, July 2005
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Stanford, CA

Memorial Museum, July 2005
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Stanford, CA

The Hoover Tower, July 2005
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Stanford, CA

Memorial Church: The Round Room, July 2005
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Stanford, CA
Memorial Church, July 2005
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Columbia, CA

April 2005
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Napa Valley, CA

May 2003
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Napa Valley, CA

May 2003
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