Simple door details

I saw this doorway a few weeks ago while walking through a local neighborhood. It caught my eye for three reasons:

  1. It is original, and intact
  2. it is very simple, yet effective at adding an interesting detail
  3. its the same style/pattern that is used in the interior of my 1903 house, as well as that of a nearby neighbor's 2-flat.

I am always charmed by these sorts of things that are easy to execute, yet add great presence to a piece. Hooray for someone not painting over this nice red oak! However, the mottled opaque glass in the four corners has to go. It should be clear at least.

I'm back, and some architectural details

I't been a while since I've posted, but that doesn't mean I've been idle. In fact, I've been pretty productive over the winter, through the spring, and into summer. I have plenty of photos of projects, posts to make, and news to catch up on, so keep an eye out for that.

I've decided to add a "new category" of posts to the blog, generally around images and thoughts on architectural details. I like to walk through neighborhoods in Chicago, and when I see architectural details that catch my eye, good or bad, I usually take a snapshot or two. I'm going to start posting those here as well. Here we go...

Chicago has a long history with Arts & Crafts / Mission / Prairie / Craftsman styles in buildings great and small. Of course there is the quintessential Chicago bungalow, but other building styles tended to follow that general aesthetic, to greater or lesser degrees, during the 1900-1930s. Many brick "2-flat" or "3-flat" apartment buildings were built in that period, and they usually featured some art glass in the entryway, or above the mantle piece/fireplace, or in the side vestibule. I always look for these to see if someone has "gotten it" and kept them intact, or, sadly (and tragically frequently) knocked them out, or boarded them up/over. 

But here's a great entry door on a multi-apartment building that still bass original glass. Pretty cool...