Thursday doors…Philadelphia doors #1

Posted: October 29, 2015 in Thursday doors
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As our younger daughter is in art school in Philadelphia, I’ve had the opportunity to see a bit of  “The City of Brotherly Love”.  During my latest trip, I also had the opportunity to see lots of doors:  beautiful doors, stately doors, doors with character, slightly shabby doors.  Thankfully, our daughter is good about humoring my stopping all the time to take photos.  🙂

copyright janet m. webb 2015

He had heard especially promising things about Philadelphia–the lively capital of that young nation. It was said to be a city with a good-enough shipping port, central to the eastern coast of the country, filled with pragmatic Quakers, pharmacists, and hardworking farmers. It was rumored to be a place without haughty aristocrats (unlike Boston), and without pleasure-fearing puritans (unlike Connecticut), and without troublesome self-minted feudal princes (unlike Virginia). The city had been founded on the sound principles of religious tolerance, a free press, and good landscaping, by William Penn–a man who grew tree saplings in bathtubs, and who had imagined his metropolis as a great nursery of both plants and ideas. Everyone was welcome in Philadelphia, absolutely everyone–except, of course, the Jews. Hearing all this, Henry suspected Philadelphia to be a vast landscape of unrealized profits, and he aimed to turn the place to his advantage.
~Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

  1. tgeriatrix says:

    What a beautiful door!

    • The house behind it is quite something as well, right in downtown Philly and very, very pricey. It’s for sale and somewhere online, so we could see it. Lots of beautiful doors there.


  2. Dan Antion says:

    I love walking in Philadelphia. I haven’t been there for a few years. Thanks for sharing photos from your travel.

  3. leannenz says:

    Very nice! looking forward to more!

  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    There’s some serious craftsmanship involved in the iron-work on that outer door. Great find!

  5. joey says:

    Gorgeous find! 🙂

  6. Nurse Kelly says:

    Beautiful! Love this post 🙂

  7. Gorgeous door! I love Philly. AND I love that book excerpt! Except for the characterization of Connecticut residents 😉

  8. Amazing door. My children are like that. Though my daughter is starting to do the same as me. She is doing a Fine Arts Degree with honours as well. So we have fun going out together

  9. Doors say so much about t the family, the community that is behind that door. I love the black
    metalwork that that gives this entrance an artistic edge.

  10. Sylvia says:

    Great find!

  11. pattisj says:

    Interesting history, and a lovely door.

  12. That is a real beauty Janet, the wrought iron work is just stunning, would love to see what lies behind it! 🙂

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