Although I left for yesterday’s photo challenge, let’s go back to Valley Forge National Park for another day.  Despite being located there and being a national monument to George Washington,  the chapel doesn’t belong to the park, but is a beautiful, active Episcopal parish.

The cornerstone for Milton Medary’s Gothic Revival building was laid in 1903, but construction didn’t begin until 1912.  The exterior was finished five years later, the interior nice.  Wikipedia further tells us:

Noted ironsmith Samuel Yellin produced the wrought iron gates, hardware & locks. He was one of many artisans to produce sculptures, stonework, stained glass and metal work.[6] The interior woodwork was supplied by Belgian-American cabinetmaker Edward Maene (1852–1931).[7]

Although there are beautiful sculptures, furniture, and stained glass windows (food for upcoming posts), today’s focus, as usual on Thursday, is on doors.  Here are a few that grace the chapel.  Be sure open the door to our host Norm’s blog to see what he has on offer today and click on the blue linky critter to see doors from around the world.

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

  1. Massive doors, and the hardware is as fascinating as the doors themselves. 🙂

    • Glad to see you still have internet, Judy. 🙂 I woke this morning thinking it was Friday and than found that when saving my TD post for today, I’d not switched from “PM” to “AM”, so it hadn’t already posted. Weird first five minutes of my morning!! 🙂


  2. basildonkitchens says:


  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Beautiful photos, Janet. Those doors are what a miner would call, “hell for stout”.

  4. Oh, what rich looking, and beautiful doors! The hardware is gorgeous on the second door.
    The first door is lovely and I love the peek inside to the stained glass windows.

  5. Such impressive doors, I love all that hardware on them.

  6. joey says:

    Oh that’s simply stunning! Love those crests along the top. I’m glad you got that shot of the hardware — It’s Ooh worthy! 🙂

  7. Wow. Those are some heavy duty doors. The craftsmanship is stunning.

  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some gorgeous classics here. Huge solid doors, deep rich color, wonderful hardware: excellent choices 🙂

    • Thanks, Norm. It was a beautiful surprise to find the chapel and I’m glad we took the time to stop in and see it. It’s very different from what dates back to George Washington’s time and what Valley Forge is famous for.


  9. paintdigi says:

    Nice posts.
    Beautiful blog.
    Welcome to see my creations:

  10. Very impressive doors, Janet. 🙂

  11. Cecilia says:

    I was always fascinated by doors. And your pictures just speak to me. Wonderful! Thanks.

  12. Great portrait of doors. Love the way the little shields on the door mirror the colors of the stain glass. Nice the way the floor tiles lighten inside.
    There is something comforting about doors like there: such care in details, such weight.

    • I agree. Most modern doors are just boring, unless you pay a gazillions dollars. Our house in Cleveland was built in the 30’s and had over-sized, solid wood doors. They weren’t fancy, but they were substantial and no one was going to kick them down, the way you see all the time in the TV shows. 🙂

      Thanks for a-dooring my doors. (Taking a page from your comment book here.)


      • In our garage we have a big heavy door with carved wood and beveled glass from a house we owned once that was built in the 20’s – had a tiled roof and all sorts of detailed work.
        It was in too bad of shape to keep the house – and the neighborhood would have meant armed guards 24-7. We took the door off originally because looters found those old building doors were in high demand and were stealing them right off the house. We always planned to build a house and put that door inside opening to a student or foyer or something. Hasn’t happened, but that door is safe. (There’s something magical about old doors…it leads to somewhere even in the garage up against the wall)

      • Sounds wonderful. I hope you’ll be able to use it as a door again one day.

  13. marianallen says:

    Oh, my! Those doors and ironwork look ancient! If you hadn’t told me, I would never and guessed they were modern. Thank you so much for the treat!

  14. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful, beautiful doors! And I so love that first shot with the tiny glimpse of the stained glass windows inside. 🙂

  15. Lignum Draco says:

    Love the character of these doors. The crests and hardware add a great deal to their impressiveness.

  16. jesh stg says:

    A magnificent outside door! But I actually love the inside security door even more, especially the top part!

  17. Candy says:

    What beautifully carved doors! The hadrware is very impressive too.

  18. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! These are beautiful and massive) doors, Janet. Thanks for getting a close-up of the hardware, that, too is a work of art.

  19. msgt3227 says:

    Wow…. I really, really, really, really love these doors!!!!

  20. conspicari says:

    Fantastic doors and what lovely door furniture. :>)

  21. Pistachios says:

    What superb doors! And a curious J-shaped keyhole… can’t say I’ve seen one like that before!

  22. Joanne Sisco says:

    The doors are amazing and the hardware are works of art by themselves!

    I’m curious about the little crests/coats of arms on the first door. Any story behind those?

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