Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia doors’

Red doors are certainly eye-catching and these three Philadelphia beauties caught not only my eye but my phone’s camera on a visit earlier this year. I present them now for your enjoyment on this September Thursday. I do wonder how it got to be September already when I’m pretty sure only 6 or 7 months have gone by this year.

This first one has a bonus door on the side, although not red. Sort of a reddish-brown, though.

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A house that has virtually no plants or trees of any kind around it always looks sad and barren to me, something not integrated with nature in any way. In a city like Philadelphia with many row houses, there are few yards and rarely any surrounding a home. However, home or business owners still find ways to bring nature to their doors, gladdening the hearts of passers while making doors and entryways more attractive.

It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water. ~Barbara Kingsolver

Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Philadelphia has a plethora of traditional doors on lovely old row houses. But it can be rather eclectic, too, as these unusual doors show. There’s something for everyone.

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As one of America’s oldest cities, Philadelphia is a repository of doors. The problem isn’t finding attractive doors, but in walking anywhere in a decent amount of time because of all the doors there are to photograph along the way. However, these three doors aren’t the usual doors of row houses or stately buildings. These doors are strictly “now.” And they’re very power-full.

The door here is on the other side, but I thought you’d forgive me for that.

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(Big caveat! For some reason, this posted on Wednesday, rather than Thursday, so I’m now thinking irritating thoughts. I’ll link it to Norm’s post tomorrow and try to be more careful when scheduling. Sigh.)

After having coffee/tea, my daughter headed to work and I ambled down Pine Street toward 2nd, where she said there were interesting shops. I figured on browsing a bit before we met for lunch. Unfortunately for me, the Philadelphia doors distracted me as they often do and after exploring a lovely old cemetery dating back to colonial days, I hadn’t even made it to 2nd when I had a text asking to meet for lunch in half an hour. I hoofed it the rest of the way, glanced at a few shops, then headed quite quickly back, trying not to allow any doors to slow me down. I was mostly successful. And I never did get to see the shops.

Here were three of my favorite doors, favorites at least until I look through the other photos. And before you leave, take a quick trip to the site of one of my favorite poets on the web, Whimsymimsy, who wrote a poem today using my first door photo. Thanks, WM, I love it.

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Sometimes you don’t need a special color to make a door attractive. “Plain” wood can be as beautiful as anything as these Philadelphia doors aptly demonstrate. Of course, details matter, both on and around the doors, but these have that covered as well.

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Philadelphia is home to so many doors worthy of Thursday Doors that it can be difficult to walk without constantly stopping for “just one more” shot.  Sometimes you get more for your money, though, as in these two-fer doors, unlike the ordinary single doors I imagine most of us have fronting our homes.  So sit back and enjoy twice as much for your time!  What catches your eye today?

© janet m. webb

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