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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Door, 1

I suppose what lures me to doors is the possibility of what's behind them, but maybe that's too simple. A door puts a face on a place, gives it expression, says something about who lives there. I love a reclusive door at the end of an alleyway, a bright red front door declaring itself or a neglected garden gate overgrown with roses--or better yet, weeds.

My front door is a massive thing that needs either refinishing or replacing, whenever I get around to it. I'd rather have a door that lets in lots of light but that's the one I have for now. At least it doesn't let in mice or bugs. I'd love a screen door, but I notice people don't have those around here. Not on the front door, anyway. We had them on all the doors in the house I grew up in.

This door was irresistible and now I'm on a kick. I call this post "Door, 1" because there might be more to come.

P.S. Locals may want to take a look at Pasadena, 91105 and Beyond today. It looks like a local landmark may be threatened. Do you know anything about it? photo courtesy of Kat Likkel

Thank you, Kat.

18 comments:

Latino Heritage said...

I am struck by the contrast between roof and door.

Greg Sweet said...

Considering the type of door, I'm going to say there's a lady behind it. I've never heard of a Dutch tiger.

Mister Earl said...

Love this. Bright-colored walls, old doors. Reminds me of some of the work on Thoughts in Images the Tucson Daily Photo blog.

Petrea said...

It's got a Van Gogh thing going on, don't you think? Thick paint, big lines. Kind of looks like an old shirt with buttons.

Earl, that sounds like another one I'm going to have to check out. Or maybe I shouldn't. I've got too many and I can't keep up.

Katie said...

Very interesting door. Is it a saloon door? That would be cool to see what's going on outside but feeling somewhat protected (at least from critters who can't jump). It is strange that screen doors aren't really big in CA (or window screens).

diva said...

Looks like someone's petticoats at the windows.

Petrea said...

I might have to sneak closer to this door to see, but it might even be solid. I think it's threatening, though. I might not want to get close despite the petticoats.

Trish said...

ah yes, a leftover of the 70's, I assume---yellow, or harvest gold as they'd say back then. And the door has seen some better days, along with someone patching it who doesn't know what they are doing it seems. Then again, it's either been replaced with this smaller door, or there is a lot of water damage around the door and yet another bad patch job. humnn, theme here.

then again, I'm assuming the roof got done because they had NO choice. The rest, are aesthetics that can be ignored til "later" or it becomes an emergency like the roof was.

Hopefully your door is in better shape, if not, RUN, don't walk, to the hardware store for a replacement!

Bellis said...

There's no better color for a front door than scarlet. I changed every door in every house we've owned (except my Pasadena one) to this color, but sadly, some have now been repainted. One is now a wimpy non-glossy pale mauve, which just isn't assertive enough for the main entrance, is it?

pasadenapio said...

The banner in the photo on Kat's blog is temporary and will only remain in place until some alterations to the Bekins sign have been completed within federal historic preservation guidelines.

Susan Campisi said...

If that photo weren't posted on a Pasadena photo blog, I would've guessed French countryside. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

I don’t think this (these) door(s) has been opened for a while. Maybe they just need a new makeup.

The curtains look OK.

Ms M said...

Door are very interesting. This one is curious, although it looks like it's seen better days. I wonder if it still opens? Like Latino Heritage, I also noticed how new the roof looked as compared to the door.
It'll be fun to see what door you discover next.

Steve Scauzillo said...

At our old house in Monrovia, we had a screen door. In fact, the door itself was oversized so Karen had to order the screen door and it was custom made. Today, 12 years later, that screen door is still on that front door.
http://templecitydailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

Doors tell stories, and they are just oozing with character. This door has been around for a bit.

I hope to see more doors from you!

Petrea said...

Trish, some people love my door, it's just not to my taste. As I judge from Bellis' comment, doors are apparently a very personal thing.

Thank you, PIO. For more info on the American storage sign, check out Kat's blog where Ann published other interesting comments. Thanks again, Ann.

Interesting that Susan likes this door and Anonymous doesn't. Ms. M. is being non-committal. See what I mean about taste?

By the way: I don't know if you all click on each others blogs, but two new bloggers to welcome: Susan Campisi and Steve Scauzillo. Click on 'em and check 'em out.

Thank you, Amy, I believe I'll find some more doors. There's one on Los Robles I've got to get when the light is right.

Trish said...

Petrea---so, go find a recycled door to your liking and turn yours in to the place you buy the new one from...make someone else happy!

am glad that you mentioned the sign issue---nice to know Ann is on the ball on this. it takes a village to make this all work!

Petrea said...

Trish, I saw your comment over at Pasadena 91105--it was Kat who alerted me and sent me her photo of the sign. I wouldn't have known about it. And yes, Pasadena PIO Ann Erdman is on the ball about absolutely everything! If you're not amazed by her you're not paying attention.