Thursday Doors…garage door

Posted: February 4, 2016 in Personal, Thursday doors
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I know.  This doesn’t look anything like a garage door.  But trust me, it is…in a way.  This door leads to the (flat) roof of the garage attached to our house in South Euclid, Ohio.  The house was built as an experimental home in the mid-thirties, designed by Charles Bacon Rowley.  (This shot in in the link dates from when we actually lived in the house. The windsock is the giveaway.)  Our house was the first porcelain enamel house in the world, although when we bought it, the dark brown enamel panels had, thankfully, been covered with white siding.  One former neighbor referred to it as “the haunted house.”  Here’s a somewhat similar house, the Armco-Ferro House, using the same ferroenamel.  It was constructed for the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition as an affordable house that could be mass-produced.

The attached garage had a flat roof, accessed from the inside of the house through this door at the top of the stairs.  When we bought the house, we thought that perhaps we could make the roof a type of second-story patio.  That never happened, although I did plant lettuce and other veggie in pots.  Only pole-vaulting deer would be able to eat them there!

This shot was taken after we had the interior of the house repainted and I repainted this door, the metal railing and edging, and re-stained the stairs and all the original hardwood floors in the entire four-bedroom house prior to us putting the house on the market.  I always love the symmetrical beauty of the staircase and railing as well as the invitation of the door, drawing the eye and the viewer upward.

© janet m. webb 2013

  1. Interesting solution! I like it. Fun with a house that has surprises 🙂

  2. Allan G. Smorra says:

    The lines of the railing and stairs remind me of the hourglass shape on the front of a Lexus.

    Thanks for the backstory on your house. I haven’t heard about the porcelain ceramic panels before. Were they placed vertically or horizontally, like regular siding?

  3. Fascinating, Janet. Handsome door, and it sounds like you put in a lot of work to keep it looking that way. 🙂

    • Like most homeowners, especially first-timers who then have children, we didn’t do most of these things until we had to sell the house. But the house had wonderful character.


  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Interesting layout and hey roof top garden works for me 🙂
    Is it possible you used the wrong url in the link-up? It opens up a page about a red yucca…I think you should be able to edit it yourself. If not make a new entry with the correct link and I’ll delete the first one later.

  5. What a gem of a home to have such a prominent place in architectural and American history.

  6. mschrysalis says:

    I love the symmetry of this shot.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    I love the perspective of this photo. Flat roof structures are always an interesting mix of possibilities and problems, depending on how good a shape the roof and drainage is.

  8. Beautiful – love the lines in this.

  9. dimlamp says:

    Interesting history, the eye does focus on the door from the stairs.

  10. jan says:

    It looks (from this angle) like the stairways are pointing to the front door! Well done!

  11. pommepal says:

    I like your colour scheme and I love the composition of this photo, I like organization. What an interesting history. Are they still using the porcelain enamel to build houses? I’ve never heard of it, but I can imagine the fire resistant properties would be a big drawcard over here in Australia.

  12. nowathome says:

    That is an interesting perspective of the door!

  13. marianallen says:

    Reminds me of my friend’s Lustron house — also steel and enamel. I love your picture, although it looks a little spooky! lol

    • Marian, you’re the second person to mention Lustron. Thanks for the link. I see Lustron, although no nod to Ferro and “our” architect, also used steel frames (makes for interesting picture hanging) and enamel as well as touting the homes as fireproof. However, our house was built about 10 years before Lustron. We always joked that if there was a fire, the frame and exterior of the house would be fine, but everything else would be gone! 🙂


  14. pattisj says:

    This is a neat shot, it really pulls one in. Interesting facts about the house. My parents’ garage was attached to the house, and underground. The concrete top held a picnic table, the trash can, and the oil pan from an old car filled with “hens and chickens” succulents. It was always warm under my bare feet in the summer.

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