Thursday Doors – September 7, 2017

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Little black door.

Not Norm, not Joey, it’s me, Dan. I’m filling in for Norm this week, but I wasn’t sure what Norm to be. I’ve cast him in a wide variety of roles, from railroad conductor, to gourmet chef, to Ring Master, to real estate developer. I think my favorite role is “Founder of the Feast” (of doors, not a reference to Scrooge). Norm brings us an opportunity each week to celebrate doors, tall, odd, old and beautiful, and we are lucky to have him. So, when he asked for a few weeks off, I was happy to oblige.

Oh, doors, I almost forgot. I have to have doors today!

I’m going to wrap up my tour of the Ann Street Historic District in Hartford, Connecticut. So far, we’ve seen the synagogue that’s for sale, the church that has survived fire and rain, the hotel that dodged the wrecking ball and the first ever electric plant serving a city. In between these interesting and special buildings, is a smattering of non-descript addresses. Some of them are special to Hartford. Some are special to me. All have managed to survive, although some have seen better days.

I’ve also included a few newer doors that I collected while attending a ballgame in Hartford a couple of weeks ago. I’m giving baseball a rest for a while, but I thought I could add these to the mix.

The stories, where they are known, are in the captions. Check out the gallery, click on any photo to start the show, but first, for those of you in a hurry to share your own doors, let me finish my administrative duties.

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And here are Dan’s doors for this first Thursday in September.

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  1. Dan-the-Door-Master has a nice ring to it :)

    There are certainly some interesting names of establishments in this week’s selection. I have to love the door handles on the Dunkin Donuts Park and the Russian Lady with the imposing statue on top of the building.

    Now I have to go and try to scrub the image of doughnuts out of my head. I am weak and doughnuts are delicious.

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    1. “Resistance is futile” Joanne. It’s Thursday, I think you deserve a donut, or ‘doughnut’ if you prefer. If you’re going to sell the naming rights to your stadium, that’s a pretty good choice.


      1. It’s right up there with the KFC Yum! Centre in Louisville. I can’t even think of the name without smiling … it’s the Yum! in the middle of the name :)

        DOUGHNUTS ….. !! One would be really good with my coffee right now – although one is never enough.

        See what you’ve done!

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    1. Thanks Maggie. After all the work Norm has put into this blog-hop, it was an honor to be asked to help. I’m glad you like the theme. It’s “Baskerville 2” – I’ve had to tweak it a little bit to get it the way I like, but it was pretty good out of the box.

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        1. Yay! – I didn’t like the scripty header font, but that’s easy to change. I tweaked the CSS for the post titles, because too many of mine were wrapping, but I like the look and I’ve been working to get the things tidied up on the menus and sidebar. My old theme was giving me problems on those items.

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  2. Yes to the new theme, Dan. I like it. I’ve been toying with the idea of changing themes for months, but haven’t gotten the courage to try, assuming it will be a hassle. We’ll see. I have to go with Black-eyed Sally/Pig’s Eye Pub and Russian Lady. Not a fan of naming stadiums after sponsors, but it’s there money, so…

    Happy Thursday and thanks for hosting.


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    1. Thanks Janet. The Russian Lady is a personal favorite. I’ve been through those doors more than a few times, although not lately. Thanks for the comment on the theme. I’m pretty much done messing with it. If history is a guide, I’m good for about 3-4 years :-(

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  3. The wide variety is hard to choose a favorite. The Grand is simply describing it’s character!
    The fun ones stick out like pigs eye and black eyed Sally’s side by side.
    The Russian Lady has window boxes! 😁 Flowers, ivy and the grilled balcony come up tops in my book! 🌸🌺

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      1. Being inquisitive now (not me, not a most busybody!) but why isn’t the Russian Lady your “scene,” anymore?
        You can ignore this and say, I’m not on the need to know list. Hahaha! 😂
        Is the vintage tavern too “uppity,” Dan? You can break that barrier with your classy and debonair casual style. No one really dictates anything in a bar, pub or tavern anyway. . .
        The Pigs Eye Pub looks like a fun place and maybe serves ribs or a BLT? 🐖

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        1. Both places are in downtown Hartford, Robin. I would go there after work, driving into the city for a beer is a bit much. I tend to go where the people I know might be found. I’ll be back at these places, but not on a regular basis.

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  4. Dan, you never mentioned that these doors open to the world of poetry ! Oinkin and boinkin since 97. Now if we were having a beer I would have to pick up this round. So would a by line like that fall under no moderation what so ever ? Okay it is not a by line. We’ll sort that out in the second round…

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    1. Thanks Wendy. The statue is Catherine the Great and is called “Mother Russia.” The original 16-foot bronze statue was sold when the original Russian Lady closed in the late 90s. The new owners tried to get it back, but the hotel in New York where it is installed refused to sell. So, they had a replica made in 2013.

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    1. Thanks Marian. I’m gonna have to go in there. Inside, it was always rich woodwork and stained glass. I’ve read that the new owners worked very hard to restore that after the place closed and most everything was auctioned off.


  5. Lots of great stuff here. The Ann Street area reminds me a bit of Broad Ripple here. Bit of old, bit of new, bit of shine, bit of grime, some swank, some funk — all of it interesting.
    Thanks for the note on the gorgeous globe fixture. It’s nice to be thought of when people see pretty lights :)
    “Oinkin and boinkin” is a fab phrase. The Russian Lady is LOVELY.
    Thanks for hosting today!

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    1. Thanks! I think you’ve described the Ann Street district very well.

      I have to make my way back inside the Russian Lady and I need to visit the Pig’s Eye Pub. The Mrs. might be concerned about those visits. She would remember me from my Russian Lady days.

      I always think of you when I see interesting light fixtures. “oooh, Joey would like that…”

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      1. Thanks. I like to think all cities have this sorta area, usually full of hidden gems.
        Please take photos for the foodies when you do get to those places again. :D


  6. Dan the Door Man! You’re a great guest host. The selection today is lovely. I love the Grand, the Russian Lady especially nice that one, the red doors, and marveled at how well you were able to stand in just the right spot in front of Vito’s without getting your own reflection/selfie not once but twice!

    The Law office that will not be named white brick is a gaud awful eye sore! I hope who ever buys the place strips the paint and does something nice with the brick.

    Wouldn’t that Synagogue make a neat home? It’s a gorgeous building.

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    1. Thanks Deborah. The law office was home to the ex’s attorney…and moving on.

      As we were walking back, my buddy was trying to figure out why I wanted pictures of the doors to a closed restaurant (doesn’t understand doors). I was lucky. I think it’s due to the fact that the street is curving to the left.

      The Synagogue would be an awesome place to live. I can’t imagine the taxes, but, I guess if I had the money to buy the place, that wouldn’t be an issue.

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    1. I haven’t eaten there, Paul. I would hope to get a pepperoni pizza and three wishes. One of those would be a cold beer. I never take conservation of critical resources seriously enough.


  7. What a lovely collection of doors… red ones are always a favorite.

    Now, about your new theme… here I’m agonizing over making the change… waking up in the middle of the night worrying… and you just did it! It really looks great. Could you just hop on a plane and come help me with my switch? We have tons of In-N-Out Burgers here… my treat!

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    1. I swore I’d never do consulting again, but In-N-Out Burgers??? Oh man that’s tempting. Thanks for the comment. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to try and answer noFacilities at gmail will get you to one of my inboxes.


  8. Impressive collection of doors, Dan! And LOVE the new (?) blog look to ease my old eyes:):) Hard to choose a favorite – the Pig’s eye Pub is definitely one of my favorite, and chuckling about the name Black-eyed Sally (not Sam!). Well done!

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  9. Hi D – I love the title of “Founder of the Feast” (of doors, not a reference to Scrooge) for Norm. Hah – and I am grateful he started this door meet and greet. I was posting doors before I met him – and it was a great blog that this guy ran – where others could post on it – but it was not interactive – if that makes sense – so I like the interactive vibe with #thursday doors….
    anyhow – hope norm is well….
    also – I like Sally’s the most here.. that red!

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  10. I’m late to the door party, but there was the work thing and the shopping thing and now I’m packing for Door County where there will be doors and photos of them. Congrats on being the interim Doormaster Extraordinaire. Nice photos this week, you’re doing Norm proud.

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    1. Thanks Val. I have to get back inside that place. The interior was rich with wood and stained glass, and I’m told that the new Owen era restored as much as they could. Given the number of people who like that photo, I think a second visit in order.

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