Thursday Doors – The Church of the Epiphany

Church of the Epiphany
Church of the Epiphany

Today’s collection of doors, belong to The Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. I took these photos when I was on a business trip in DC last June.

I liked this church because of the little public garden they had set up in the courtyard. Space in Washington, D.C. is at a premium, so to find a beautiful garden in which to take a break from the heat and the noise was a most welcome surprise. When you consider the other things a church like this needs, notably parking, maintaining a certain amount of green space is a very nice gesture. A couple of the photos hint at the location and scale of the garden. There are no direct photos because there were lots of people taking advantage of the garden, many who deserved their privacy more than I needed a photo.

According to the Parish history, the cornerstone of this church was laid in 1843. The church building was consecrated in 1852. The tower was added in 1857. In 1958 the Epiphany Church Home opened to help the sick and the poor. The church served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The church maintained a relationship with health care, funding Episcopal Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital in 1897. In 1958 Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat merged with two other hospitals and formed Washington Hospital Center (MedStar Washington Hospital today).

Since I went overboard, even compared to my normal behavior, yesterday on my One-Liner Wednesday post, I’ll leave you with the photos of the building and the doors. Of course, I made some notes in the captions.

This post is part of Thursday Doors, a fun series managed by Norm Frampton and enjoyed by door fans from several countries. If you want to join us, visit Norm’s page, click the blue linky thing. Oh yeah, you’ll need a door.

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    1. Thanks! I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a developer knocking on those doors Norm. It’s hard to imagine that they’re even able to keep the garden without getting pressure. When I saw the car parked on the side, I though that it’s a surprise they haven’t paved over the garden by now.

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  1. The bold red doors is not something I would expect on a church. I guess that’s what makes them so striking. I particularly like the composition of the first photo in the gallery with a view of the 3 side doors together. In that sea of white concrete/stone, the red doors are particularly striking.

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    1. I’ve seen a lot of red doors on white churches up here in New England. I like the photo you mentioned, I just wish that car hadn’t been parked there – that would have been a great spot to take the photo from :)

      Thanks for the comment.

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    1. Thanks Judy. The red doors do stand out really well here. I do like that they carry the arches, even when they couldn’t maintain the style on the door of the parish office. I wish I knew the story on that door.


  2. Love the red doors! It makes this church stand out, although the garden is another reason to stop and look. It appears that the next time I am in DC, I may have to continue my tour of its churches, with this being the first stop.

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    1. Thanks. I spend a little bit of time in the garden, and it’s amazing how you can be just a few feet from a busy street but feel quiet and calm. So many churches in DC. When I started going through my pictures, this one really stood out.

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    1. You have soooooo many doors Paul, it’s hard to know where to start. I was there for 5 days, and I was sick as a dog for two, but I must have photos of 50 doors! I might be back there later this year, if you’re interested in that beer.


    1. Thanks for stopping by. Red doors on white churches are common up here in New England, but they don’t always look this good. Maybe it’s the stone and the fact that they are set back into the arched entrance.


  3. Arched doors with the little windows in the top are ideal, in my opinion. And while I’d normally favour wooden doors, I gotta admit that I’m lovin’ that bright red! If you’re going to pull off a red door, it’s got to be a nice POP! shade, and they nailed it here.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. It’s funny that you say that about the shade because I thought it was a very nice red but then part of me thinks “red is red” so… I do like the Windows above the doors.


  4. I love the white and red contrast. Plus, I love to read the history that comes along. Like always I have a question. I believe you must have visited many churches across cities that you’ve traveled, so majority of those churches have idols or just a plain cross? Before I met Sarah, I had no idea about different types of denominations like Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Methodist and so on. Now most churches I visit with friends, in fact all churches I’ve visited so far have idols, so in India its hard to find churches without idol of Mary and infant Jesus, so on talking to majority of my Christian friends I found that most people emphasize more on Mary than on Jesus (because she sacrificed her son for greater good). On the other hand, I found few Christian colleagues and friends who consider Jesus as the Son of God and disregard Mary’s sacrifice and consider her only a medium through which God sent his Son. So, my question is – in US is it the same way? Do majority of the people give importance to Mary before Jesus or the vice versa. I hope I’m not causing any religious controversy or debate here. If anybody reading this felt bad about what I wrote let me be clear that it was unintentional.

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    1. ?I decided to answer this question privately Sharukh. I am only familiar with a few religions and less familiar with some of those than others. I don’t want to risk offending people.


  5. Dan, do you have any idea,why all the doors are red? Is there a significance why that color? My eye kept being drawn to those red doors. Just something about them that put me in awe. I love the photo of the car in the courtyard with all those red doors. Awesome shot!

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