Thursday Doors – Farmington, CT

Lathrop dormitory
Lathrop dormitory – built in 1841

Near the end of August, I spent some time taking care of my daughter’s cats while she was on vacation. It’s an easy task. The cats are both male and we get some serious slug time in, lounging in front of the TV and eating. On the way to and from her condo, I have a short drive through a very scenic section of Farmington, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t well suited to photography, for a few reasons:

Minimal Parking.

Congestion due to the fact that taking this road allows you to avoid a much more heavily congested road that is also under construction.

My seeking to avoid awkward questions from law enforcement.

The first two reasons are self-explanatory. The third reason, well remember, Norm has yet to establish a fund for bail.

Some of the photos in the gallery are beautiful old New England homes. Private homes, and I am always sensitive to the fact that those people probably don’t want someone leaning over their fence, poking through their hedges or turning around in their driveway.

Other photos include an almost perfect fire station. It’s almost perfect because the beautiful arched doors are modern construction, but actually arched. Most of what appears to be arched overhead (garage) doors are rectangular doors, set into an arched opening. If the doors were red, black, or perhaps blue, the fire station could apply for perfect status. The cream color goes well with the building, but I can’t get excited about it. I passed by the fire station on three occasions when the light was perfect, but a Farmington Police cruiser was in the parking lot.

About half of the doors are on buildings that are part of Miss Porter’s School. If you’re not familiar with Miss Porter’s, it’s a rather prestigious preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12. As you can imagine, walking around during the early morning or in the evening, pointing a camera at a building where they are housing, feeding or educating young girls, isn’t a good idea. I still haven’t received my official “Thursday Door Photographer” ID, so I’d be frantically trying to explain the phenomenon that is Thursday Doors.

You see, officer. Each week, people make their way to Norm Frampton’s blog site. They look at Norm’s Doors, and then they press the blue button near the bottom and they are taken to a page where they can add photos of their favorite doors, or look at the doors added by others. It’s a thing, officer, really. Lots of people do it…”

In the early 1980s, I actually passed through some of Miss Porter’s doors. The school, not the lady. There was a real Miss Porter. Miss Sarah Porter founded the school in 1843, but she died in 1900. In any case, when I worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell, Miss Porter’s School was an audit client of our office and we held our summer outings on the grounds of the school. I sat and ate seafood, burgers, and corn on the cob and drank beer at the same tables as Gloria Vanderbilt, Edith Hamilton (“Mythology” author. I mentioned her in my post about poetry), Dorothy Walker Bush (mother and grandmother of Presidents Bush and Bush) and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Although, it’s hard for me to imagine any of those women slogging down a beer, well, maybe grandma Bush.

So, today’s gallery is chock-a-block full of drive-by photos which have been straightened, cropped and otherwise enhanced in Adobe Lightroom. I left out photos that I have of a very beautiful stone church, because I have high hopes of featuring it one Thursday. I think I can walk around and take photos of a church without drawing too much attention.

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  1. I admire how you post a collection for us to feast our doors hungry eyes on, Dan!
    The main door of the Lathrop Dorm is gorgeous! I like night photos of doors, the warmth of shining light makes this a winner!
    The firehouse doors modern in construction but old fashioned in their design with arches was a real treat!
    Hope you had more than a few delicious meals at Miss Porter’s school. This had me salivating (thank goodness, I am at home and not out and about! ha ha) Enjoy your upcoming weekend, Dan. :)

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    1. Thanks Robin. I think I was at three summer outings there. I didn’t see any of the famous students, but the food was good. I do like night photos of buildings. I have so many that didn’t turn out well, but I got a few nice ones.

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  2. I want the garage, and I just won’t open that door. :-) Timely post. You’ll notice I don’t have a door for today. Funny story tester as I’m snapping away on the sidewalk and the homeowner comes out to ask me what I am doing. She thought I was a real estate person and was quite concerned. Needless to say I spent my time chatting and assuring her I meant no harm and got going as quickly as possible. :-)

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    1. I’m with you Judy, the garage is compelling. I just wanted to ask about the lamp, but I didn’t want to have “that” conversation. I was asked about my activity when I photographed the Gold Building. It’s been for sale several times recently and I think they thought I was working for a real estate company. Thursday Doors isn’t the easiest thing to explain :)

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  3. So you have to pass through the hooker house to attend?😂 I read a book about such a school set in the early 1900s, but I can’t remember if it was Boston Girl. Anyway, I love this post because it made my mind wander in many directions. I have thought about hoping the officer would be willing to look at my blog if I was ever caught taking pictures of bridges and such things.

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  4. This was such a fun post, Dan. Those are your headlights shining on the house at the stop light? I get what you say about snapping photos of private residences…especially when the dogs start barking and the owner peeks out the window. Pedal to the metal, honey!!! Yeah, Norm needs to step up his game about bail money if he wants more ‘door’ participants…..

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    1. Thanks Lois. That house that my headlights are shining on is interesting. It’s only about 6 feet from the street and that is a very busy intersection. I’m curious as to whether they’ve ever had a car in the wall.

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  5. Another nice collection, Dan. I especially like the firehouse and its arched doorways. One of these days, I can see buildings posting signs that read: “As featured on Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors”.

    Good job evading the authorities — and all for us!

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    1. Thanks Paul. If I ever get hung up with the authorities, I might be giving you a call as a character witness. I just wish they could have figured out how to paint those firehouse doors red. I wonder if Miss Porter’s likes the attention, you know, maybe applications are down…

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  6. Fantastic drive-bys :)

    I love the first dorm photo, that’s so pretty!
    That sliding door has me puzzled, too, but I agree, it’s a handsome barn.
    I also see your point on the firehouse. It’s attractive architecturally, but there’s a bit of blah, isn’t there? How interesting. I wouldn’t have noticed that had you not mentioned it.
    Anyway, great doors, lovely buildings :)

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  7. Dan, I have the same concerns when walking around Naperville and photographing doors of homes. I always wonder how I would feel if I saw someone outside our house taking photos of it. Of course, as it’s a rental, it wouldn’t be quite the same, but still… Nice gallery anyway. :-) Glad we didn’t have to start a bail fund!

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet. Norm’s been pretty adamant about the lack of legal support in the event of mischievous doorscursions. I try to avoid private residences as mush as I can, but sometimes, they are compelling subjects. I do try to snag them from the car.

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      1. The kittens are adorable and my daughter floods my inbox with funny and cute videos. Not sure I can share them, though. The kittens have some privacy rights. 😊 I’ll ask though! Would be an easy way to attract new readers for sure. Thanks for the tip.

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  8. You described perfectly how awkward I feel sometimes contemplating how – or if – to take a photo. I imagine it’s even worse being a man!
    I love the garage best – a great selection of doors, including that mystery sliding door.

    You mentioned working in audit at Peat Marwick. Are you a CPA?

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    1. Thanks Joanne – I think, at least in this case, taking photos of dormitories at a girls’ school, being male was a disadvantage. I don’t think school was in session yet, but still. I am not a CPA. I worked for Peat Marwick and later for Coopers, in their consulting practices.

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  9. I’m so happy that we aren’t crowd-funding your bail this morning! The neighborhood and school are lovely. It was worth the risk.
    I carry calling cards with my email and blog info on me everyday. On more than one occasion while photographing a door I’ve given out my calling card while explaining Thursday Doors. I’m reasonably sure that little card goes a long way in keeping me from having a conversation with the Police like you wrote. :)

    I love those stately colonial homes, and the school dorms are fantastic. I agree with you about the color of the firehouse doors; the cream is rather blah. Red would be perfect!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. Yeah, I won’t come begging for bail money. I hope my editor will come through if necessary, but… Another vote against the cream color – yes! I’ve thought about putting together a little calling card. Maybe I’ll do that, just in case. Either that or maybe I can talk the editor into a sports car for a faster getaway.

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  10. Norm better come up with a bail fund and an ID for you pretty soon. Or, I guess you will have to stay away from dormitories with young girls and only photograph doors during the day. Nice set of photos, Dan. I love the architecture in your area, the homes and buildings have such wonderful character.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I’m sure Norm would let you guys vote on uses of the fund. I’m not sure “he was apprehended photographing dormitories at a girls’ school” would get mush sympathy. I don’t think school was in session yet (they were just putting up the welcome signs) and I only took photos from the street – no trespassing involved.

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      1. You are very welcome. One reason why I came “full-time” to WordPress is the reblog function. So I use it as often as I can. I love to feature good bloggers!

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  11. So there are not any currently any ‘privacy policies’ on taking door photos ;) I take my retired law enforcement hubby along anyway though when I actually ‘step out of the car’. (He is not amused when I use his lines. lol)

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  12. Nice collection Dan. The firehouse doors are my faves.
    A middle aged man standing around and taking pictures where there are children/ Well that would be a tough one to explain ;-)
    This reminds me that I need to get to work on the badge I was going to make for Thursday Doors. And a semi-official I.D. is a neat idea too! Sorry though, the bail money is a no-go.

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      1. I won’t say they are expensive, but yeah, when converting from USD to INR the numbers go up. I really love the houses there when I see it movies, videos and images. However, I think I might not fit in because of my lifestyle. Almost every single person in my friend circle has stayed abroad and returned and they keep telling me how good their experience was and that they want to try again, but for some odd reason, I really don’t know why, but I never get this urge to fly, go abroad, although I am passionate about travel. Weird, isn’t it?

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    1. I’m reasonably sure she wouldn’t be happy. Then again, I’m sure the school picked up some easy money, so maybe she’d be OK with a few beers. I think Norm needs to invent a transporter so I can say “beam me up Norm”

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  13. Dan, you are beginning to come across as this super cool under cover guy who snaps pictures fast on the sneak so no one is the wiser. One of the reasons why I don’t do doors is because I feel so nervous about pointing my camera at someone’s house. Last Christmas when I went around a local neighborhood taking pics of lights, I had a few people question me, and one threaten me. Whew, seriously? Your sense of humor shines all the way through and your thoughts about what you would say IF a police officer caught you is hysterical. LOVED this post, friend!! Please don’t get caught though! :) <3

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    1. Thanks Amy. I usually avoid private residences, but I think that, if you live in a historic district, you should expect some photographers. If you’re going to put up lights at Christmas, you should be honored that someone wants a photo. Sheeesh, where’s the holiday spirit in that house?

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