Thursday Doors – Boston Walk

Where’s my coffee?

Back in September, I enjoyed a nice walk from the area around Faneuil Hall in Boston, back to my hotel. Of course I took pictures of doors, and I thought I would share them and describe where I was on the journey. That was until I discovered that I had captured so many theater doors that I could make those a separate post. That left/leaves me with a bunch of random Boston doors. Random to me, my friends in Boston will probably recognize many of them. In any case, you get off easy.

How’s that? You ask.

Well, without the journey to support a story line, I’m just going to give you the doors today. The captions in the gallery will explain what I know, and why I took the photo. Except for the featured photo. You might look at that and wonder: “what was Dan thinking?” Well, Dan was thinking: “that’s where Dunkin’ Donuts used to be!” When you travel, that’s important.

When you travel, it’s also important to take pictures of doors – at least it is to us door addicts. It’s not entirely our fault, Norm got us started, you know, the first few doors are free, and then…

Actually, Norm’s doors have remained free, and as much as I have cast him in many roles, I can’t bring myself to make him seem mean or seedy. Norm is the father-figure of Thursday Doors. He bring us the chance to share doors, every week from early on Thursday until noon on Saturday – cause we’re not all early-birds.

If you want to share a door, or just view some wonderful doors, start at Norm’s place. Take a look at his doors, and then look for the blue frog. Click that tadpole and enter a world of doors. If you have doors to share, please click the frog, and add your name and URL, so more of us can see your doors.

Enjoy the gallery. You can click on any photo to begin a slide show, in which the full caption will be visible.

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  1. The Union and the Boyleston, two examples of magnificent architecture from (sadly) an era gone by. Love the wood doors, too, although they could use some wood preservative to protect them from the winter. Wonderful doors post, Dan!

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    1. I was trying to find an old photo of the Boylston to see what the original doors looked like. I love walking through Boston and seeing the old mixed in with the (rather blah) new. The wood doos do need some TLC – thanks!

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  2. Great collection! Quite right about the pumpkin display and the doorbell sign. Love those outer gates on the Union Savings Bank — always love doors within doors and those are grand :)
    Sorry about your coffee spot. These things always seem to happen to the nicest people and places. Tossed away with architectural ornamentation!
    Also: Young Men’s Christian Union.

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    1. Thanks! I found another Dunkin Donuts, but I used to really like that one. When the new building is open, it will probably be a Starbucks and I’ll be sad. Union savings was beautiful. I was going to go out at night to see if the gates were closed, but it was pouring.

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  3. I love these doors Dan! Are those pickled eggs I see behind that JW door? If so they look as old as the building. I have a friend who would be in heaven there! The bank building reminds me of the 20’s and those infamous bank robbers, like Dillinger.

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  4. Great bunch of doors! I love those hotel letterboxes — they just knock me out! The curved wooden doors are GORGEOUS. Man, they used to build banks so they looked SOLID. They may not have BEEN solid, but they LOOKED it. And that house you took the picture of from your hotel window may just be my favorite of the bunch. A real handful of treats, today, Dan.

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    1. Thanks. I would love to know more about the house and I would like to find historic photos to see the original doors on some building. The bank does look solid. Hotel letterboxes are a favorite target of mine.

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  5. I don’t know why, but I’m chuckling about the thought of you taking the picture of a door from your hotel room. I hope it was a business and not someone’s home… because — can you imagine living there? That’s why I chuckled. But then I live in a fishbowl myself, so I’m a fine one to laugh.
    The green door at the Tam is nice — but I’m partial to green… if I find a morning drop of objectivity, I can see how they might be a tad ordinary… I still like it.
    Have a thriving Thursday! Hugs.

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      1. Me too, I enjoy the mix of history and modernism. Bostonians are lucky to enjoy both. The only downside is probably the traffic. Not the area forte. But I will always enjoy a walk or two in Boston. And admire the countless doors:)

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  6. The oversize handles on the arched wooden double doors [middle photo, second row] fascinate me. Who, exactly, is going through those doors that they need such large handles? Monsters visit there often! ;-)

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  7. I really enjoyed this post: some of my siblings live in the Boston area, but I’ve never paid attention to the doors (except the mail slot at our hotel; can’t remember if that was at the Fairmont-Copley or Ritz-Carlton). Anyway, very apropos post, since I’m trying to write a novel that has set itself in Boston. Got any pictures of Copley Square?

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  8. Lovely selection of doors in your post this week, Dan. We have a couple of Dunkins here in Cavan but they don’t seem to be a franchise or part of Dunkin Donuts. Nice places to sit and have a coffee and cake, or a deli lunch.

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  9. Another nice collection, Dan. I especially like the — well, not the DOOR, but the doorFRAME at the Union Savings Bank. And old letterboxes are definitely cool. Signs of a bygone era, alas. Thanks for sharing these!

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    1. Thanks Paul. Can you imagine kids today looking at a letterbox and hearing about people sending postcards? I wanted to try to get Union Savings at night with the gates closed, but I was only there one night, and it was pouring.

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  10. Wirth’s sounds like the model for the bar in the television show Cheers – although I think there is an actual Cheers bar somewhere in Boston. I agree with you about the doorbell. How hard can it be to fix a doorbell?

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  11. Great collection of doors Dan. The one with the sign about the doorsbell is my favorite, and yes, they should just fix the doorbell!
    I really love Boston. The city core is very walk-able, has lots of green space, and so many historic old buildings.
    Fun post :-)

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  12. Great collection this week! I love Wirth’s clock, and the arched doors. Yes, get that bell fixed and remove the white note!

    I love the old architectural designs too. Today’s modern all glass structures don’t really do anything for me like the oldies do.

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  13. Some nice random Boston doors there, Dan. I like the wooden arched ones, in fact all the wooden ones. I have a thing about wooden doors…. Thanks for sharing with us all, places some of us won’t ever get see come to life via this weekly door challenge!

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  14. Random doors are always a good choice. When those doors are in Boston, you’re pretty well assured success. My favourite door today would be the one on the beer fridge. Who doesn’t love a walk-in fridge?! … and besides the great hardware, there’s a huge jar of olives inside.

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  15. Haven’t been there yet! So when I come there I’ll remember the doors for your post:):) The longer I have been connected to Thurs. Doors the more I have been liking heavy big doors with an elaborate frame around, and special details on the door. Of your gallery it is the brown doors left on the next to last row.

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      1. I know where this is going:) You sound like hubby who needed storage for the woodpiles. There were only a row of 2 x 6-es underneath the deck. now there is a platform for the wood PLUS a tinker room, but now it’s to narrow for his table saw …am burying my head in my arms …

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            1. Smiling! Yes, without his skills I never could have painted a 10 x 17 feet canvas.
              I hope you know this was all told in mock-frustration, because I suddenly I had learned something new about men (which in my pursuit of understanding and helping people is important – men as well as women. Yes, I know I am retired, but I never did that job with the goal to earn a living, but from a anthropological perspective -to learn and understand people ).
              Also, if one usually counsels men who have severe issues, one easily forget how on the opposite of the spectrum – of men going way beyond of what is asked, can appear in daily life – so in reality this is a pleasant surprise!

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            2. I have the plans. Basically robbing 10’ from my garage and opening up into existing 12×16 workshop. It will be about 400 sf total, but sliding doors will let me open into garage for large cuts.

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            3. I can’t change the footprint of the garage. It was built with a variance, and if we alter the footprint or roofline, we have to reapply for the variance. The garage is 22 wide x 28 deep. I’ll partition it at 18′ deep and then open the gable-end wall into the 12×16 shop that was added onto the garage. It’s not an ideal layout, but it will work, and I’ll be able to heat it.

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  16. Dan, Great collection of Boston doors! Better to walk around looking for doors than try to drive in Boston. We always seemed to get lost and drive in circles trying to find our way around Boston. I love Jacob Wirth’s exterior facade painted black with gold accents, and warm stained wood doors. Very classy look.
    Donna

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  17. Hey, Dan, I really enjoyed this collection of doors. Again I walked through a neighborhood I probably will never step foot in so I thank you for bringing me along. I so agree with you regarding those beautiful wooden panel doors. Please take that stupid note off of it! What an eyesore. Have a great day today. 🍁

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  18. My favorites are the Y and the Jacob Wirth’s little door, with fall decorations! The brass letter box made in Rochester, NY is really intricately decorated. I would like one just to hang inside my apartment to admire, Dan.
    I’m upset: No Dunkin’ Donuts! What in the world?!
    I love the way you bring fun and chuckles to Thursday Doors! Glad you didn’t pick on our leader. 😊 🙂

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      1. Of course not! He’s great and so glad he let me join these great doors folks. . .
        I sure do love the way the letterboxes are so bright.
        Glad to know the other Dunkin wasn’t too bad, but you have a good point. Many business chains have a wide disparity in their offerings and staff personalities. Too bad about the best one being gone. . .

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