Exterior of Addison on Amelia

Our Front Door

June 27th, 2010 by theAddison

I know. I can hear your eyeballs rolling from here. “Your front door, Bob? Why not write something more interesting like about the lint trap in your dryer?” Well, stop rolling your eyes and I’ll try to make this interesting.

We just had our front door refinished. It was weathered, faded, and not the first thing we wanted our guests to see when they can to visit us. (Oh, PLEASE, stop rolling your eyes. There is no Door = Bob thing going on here) So I had it refinished and, I must say, Curtis did a good job. The door looks good as new. But that isn’t the interesting part.
When you look at our door from the outside there are round windows at the bottom and rounded tops to the upper windows. When you look at the door from the inside, all of the corners are square. Why square on the inside and round on the outside?
One theory is that back when the door was built, round trim cost more to make than straight trim. This was back when craftsmen used skill and hand tools to create trim work. Now, anyone with a router and a power outlet can do the same. The back-in-the-day builders put the round (more expensive) trim on the outside for viewing by all and put the square (less expensive) trim on the inside of the door.
This is Maggie Doone by the door, looking out the bottom window. If you look closely at the window you will see the round shape of the outside trim and the square shape of the inside trim. When we first moved into the inn back in 2007 she had full run of the house and loved sitting at the front door looking out that little window at the horse-drawn carriages that roll past the front door. Now she sits on her chair at the front desk and looks out the big window at the world going by.
OK, so maybe this whole “My Front Door” post wasn’t as riveting as my dissertation on cleaning the courtyard fountain but I am always finding small details about our house’s construction that interest me. The architectural details of the historic main house, erected in 1876, along with the evidence of later additions and changes yield a fascinating progressive story of our house’s life. The big changes (addition of bathrooms and the kitchen and the major renovation in 1996) are fully evident. The small things like mismatched baseboard in the dining room always ask the questions. Was there a door here? Where did it go? What did the room look like back then? Who was their Feng Shui consultant?
This is an interesting old building and every time I start off some routine maintenance project I never know where it will lead me or what interesting tidbit I will learn about my house as I move forward.

One thought on “Our Front Door

  1. Candie Rossler

    Were you the one who thought of putting two round windows at the bottom? You’re a genius, Bob! Your front door looks fabulous, especially the frosted side panels. I envy you a bit because I can’t do those things with my steel entry door, but I’m still happy with it. Actually, I get a lot of compliments for it. Most of them say that it makes my house look Victorian.

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