This week, Tina at Travels and Trifles has selected Doors and Doorways as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I seem to have exhausted my supply of doors with Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge but I did find some open doorways in the Minnesota photo files, the first two taken in the State Capitol Building in St. Paul and the third in the Cathedral of St. Paul.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to Open Sesame: Doors and Doorways.
It’s been a while since I came across any doors impressive enough to post on Norm’s Thursday Doors, but this one definitely deserves a mention. The entrance to the church at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
For more on Thursday Doors go to Thursday Doors – June 21, 2018
During our visit to Marion, recently, we took a tour of the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library. From the basement to the attics, every inch of the building is used to display interesting artifacts from a bygone era. I was also on the lookout for doors and there were several that caught my eye.
The museum is housed in the former Sheriff’s residence which was also the local jail (more of this in a future post) and not only can you see the original cells but also re-creations of a local bank, grocery store, doctor’s office and school room, amongst other things. As I said, they utilize every scrap of space and we were amazed at how much they had managed to cram into four floors. It was one of the most interesting historical museums that we have ever visited. After spending some time at the museum we drove on to Carbondale where we stopped at a gas station for a fill-up and I couldn’t resist getting a shot of some restaurant doors nearby.
Our reason for visiting Carbondale was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park, a father’s touching tribute to a 19-year-old son who was tragically killed in a car accident. Jeremy was a great fan of Dungeons and Dragons and the park is filled with characters from this popular game (the subject of another future post.)
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/thursday-doors-october-12-2017/
It’s good to see Norm back at Thursday Doors with lots of great pictures after his well-deserved vacation. Photogenic doors have been few and far between during my daily round, this year, but I did come across this colorful door in the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park in Wheaton the other day.
For more on Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/thursday-doors-september-21-2017/
There is a wealth of doors on which to focus at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Built in 1914 for Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, Cuneo was opened as a museum in 1991 and was gifted to Loyola University in 2010.
We’ve been visiting Cuneo for many years but only ever saw the outside of the mansion, preferring to just wander around the gardens. However, on this most recent trip, the doors beckoned me and I went inside.
Some of the most beautiful doors at Cuneo are the folding stained-glass doors that separate the Chapel from the Great Hall. The Chapel was originally built as a sun porch but John Cuneo Sr. had it converted for the confirmation of his children in 1941.
The mirrored doors in Julia Shepherd Cuneo’s private dressing room reflect the gold leaf treatment of the surrounding walls.
There are one or two surprises in the kitchen area including a vault where the family silver was stored.
Doors at Cuneo come in all shapes and styles from plain to ornate. All the outer doors to the bedrooms on the second floor are latticed folding doors but the interior doors are far more elaborate.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/thursday-doors-november-17-2016/
More about other aspects of the Cuneo Mansion to follow in a later post.
For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week I’ve attempted to focus on the entrance rather than the door. To me the word entrance implies all that is in the immediate area as well as the door itself, and very often the door is the least impressive part of the whole.
In this case, the entrance to the Infinity Room at The House on the Rock in Wisconsin is just a simple glass door, but the large windows on either side present a view of the interior that makes this entrance an impressive sight.
This unexpected entrance at the house on the Redfield Estate in Glenview is made more interesting by the spiral staircase and surrounding foliage which lead up to it.
It may not be as grand as Wrigley Field but the entrance to Silver Cross Field in Joliet puts up quite a bold front.
One of the more elaborate entrances in downtown Chicago is at Tribune Tower on North Michigan Avenue.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/08/cees-fun-foto-challenge-entrances-and-doors/
Time for Norm’s Thursday Doors and these are really hot! Whenever we take a tour of an old house or go to a history museum I’m always fascinated by the different styles of old-time stoves and ovens. Some of the workmanship on them can be quite intricate. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/thursday-doors-november-3rd-2016/