Thursday Doors…many faces of Philly

Posted: December 14, 2017 in Thursday doors
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Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., so it has a variety of doors: classical, modern, and funky.  Doors aren’t the only things worth seeing, of course, but they certainly add lots of fun when wandering the streets as our daughter and I did recently.

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This door (the one below) leads to the bathroom in Elixr Coffee in Center City, Philadelphia.  The coffee shop is located in an alley.  I’m not sure how anyone finds it, but it’s worth searching out.

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I love this gate and it looks as if it would be a good place to sit when the weather’s warm.  Part of the Center City District Parks, John F. Collins Park can be rented for events or you could even pay to dedicate a bench to a loved one.  And yes, you can sit there for lunch.

The beautiful Wissahickon Gate, at the Chestnut Street entrance to John F. Collins Park, was created by sculptor Christopher T. Ray (1937-2000). The animals and plants depicted on the gates are native to the Wissahickon and Delaware Valleys.

The Estuary Gate at the Ranstead entrance, also by sculptor Ray, is a tribute to the marshlands of New Jersey and Delaware, depicting moving water and islands, turtles and fish, a sky filled with migrating birds and sculpted reeds gently curved by the wind. The Fountain is a tribute to Native American totems.

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Norm’s website is the entrance to seeing doors from all over the U.S. and the world.  Walk through the doorway and enjoy the virtual travel every Thursday.

  1. Murphy's Law says:

    The first door is a real eye catcher. I love the grille work above and on the sides. That handle isn’t too shabby either! It’s worth having to use the facilities just to see that door!

    The second door looks like quilted metal.

    And the Estuary Gate is incredible. The detail is just beautiful. —-Ginger—-

    • The door to the bathroom (the second shot) slid over and then hooked, not at all like the usual bathroom door. But the space was quite large, which is always nice. I’m not sure what the door in the first shot went to, but as you say, it’s lovely. And the gate is amazing. I didn’t realize there were two until I looked it up to do the post. I’d like to see the other one, too.


  2. Jim says:

    Great door. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

  3. This is one of the few cities I do love wandering around in. Always something unusual and intriguing there. Love those gates!

    • Next time I’m there, I’d love to see the other gate. You’re right, there’s so much to see in Philly, so much history, which I really love. We get lots of walking done when I’m there, but stopping for doors takes up a lot of time. 🙂


  4. frenchgardenhouse says:

    There is something magical about doors, especially old, old ones, isn’t there? I love the doors of a city in Holland, Maastricht, each one is centuries old and completely different. Loved this post!

  5. All three are very unusual, Janet. The last image beckons one to enter and explore. 🙂

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos and doors. When you said it’s in an alley, I had to look. When I’ve been in Philadelphia, I’ve usually stayed at the Courtyard, and I found McGillin’s Ale House, which is also in an alley. I guess being in an alley is not unusual in Philly 🙂

    • That door isn’t in an alley, Dan, but the coffee shop is. That’s the bathroom door. Being in an alley might not be unusual, but there’s no signage around that would tell me the shop was there.

  7. jesh stg says:

    The first door made me laugh – it reminded me on those huge hats in the past women could wear to the horse races. Am wowed by the gate – so skillful and beautiful! When you can dedicate a statue in one’s memory, I guess you can do the same with a bench:)

  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    That second one gets my vote just for the odd size and the original look. Nice choices and this week Janet 🙂

  9. Jeanne says:

    The bathroom door is menacing…perhaps a former meat locker door or from an ancient prison…I think I’d wait. 🙂

    • It does look a bit ominous, but I can assure you it was quite nice inside, even though it felt as if someone could peek around the edge because it didn’t have a normal lock. 🙂


  10. Lignum Draco says:

    The Elixir Coffee bathroom door looks more like the entrance to a secret nightclub. Some doors have great presence and personality. Thanks for this selection.

  11. Love the beautiful iron work above the first door. 🙂

  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the first door with that unusual overhang. It’s a winner to me!

  13. pommepal says:

    Such a fascinating selection of doors.

  14. joey says:

    They’re all great choices for our viewing, but that middle one won my heart with the industrial juxtaposed against the floral wallpaper. That’s quite a find! 😀

  15. Great finds Janet. The overhang on the first is quite original. The bathroom door is very interesting with it’s ominous appearance and stamped numbers. The gate looks like it leads to a very lovely place to rest. 🙂 -Amy

  16. scr4pl80 says:

    What a cool gate! Love the other two doors too. I really have to start paying more attention to my surroundings. Too many times I miss these interesting things. Thanks for sharing.

  17. That canopy over the first door is a real winner.

  18. Love doors. And growing up in Europe and America, it was always interesting to see the differences and similarities.

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