Thursday Doors – Church Church Train

St. Joseph’s Church – San Antonio.

Work is calling this week, so an unusually short Thursday Doors post has been queued-up since Tuesday. I think it’s OK, Lord knows I’ve gone over the word count a few times. I didn’t have time to find any new doors, but it’s a good day to use some doors that have been hanging around, looking for a Thursday.

Believe it or not, I still have doors to share from San Antonio, TX and St. Augustine, FL. I also have a couple of doors to share from around my home base. I thought I’d combine a little of this and a little of that into a leftover casserole. The doors are from St. Joseph Parish in San Antonio, Trinity Parish in St. Augustine and two construction projects here in my hometown – the historic train station and the Montgomery Building (both of which have been featured before).

If you like looking at doors, and particularly if you like photographing doors, you need to hop on over to Norm Frampton’s place. Norm always has a bunch of sweet looking doors, and his little blue frog sidekick will let you into a catalog of doors from all over the world.

I hope to have some new doors for you next week, but I have other leftovers, so…


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  1. It’s good to see renovations Dan. It makes me so sad to see an abandoned building or house. They seem so lonely, like they are dying. I love that church in San Antonio. Every time we went ai had to snap new photos and go inside. It is so beautiful. All the stained glass…
    Have a great rest of your week.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. That church was actually the first thing I took pictures of in San Antonio. I was heading to the Alamo, but I was behind an elementary school field trip and there was no way of getting around them. I spied the church and decided to spend some time there. I was very glad that I did.

      The renovations are making me happy. I was ready for them to tear the Montgomery Building down, it was really becoming an eyesore. I think it’s going to be nice when they finish.

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  2. I’m thrilled to see restorations going on. All too often we just tear history down and install ‘chrome ‘n’ glass’ in its place. My favorite door is wood carved one, I believe on St.Joseph’s entrance.

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    1. That’s my favorite door, too. With all the details, it’s about 6″ thick!

      The renovations/restorations are very good to see. I think both buildings will be nice, and very nice together. I’m not as optimistic as our town leadership, but I think they will both be successful and add value to the town.

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  3. I like the depth on those doors, too. Looks like you got the photo just right to see it, too.
    Gate, too. The patina makes it for me.
    The parsonage is also sweet. That’s a charming place.
    I never mind the leftovers, either.
    Great doors :)

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    1. Thanks Teagan. I’m glad people don’t seem to mind leftovers. I still have others, but I have a busy summer so I might need a few more casseroles. I hope you have a great day today and tomorrow.

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  4. Sometimes an old building just can’t be saved, but too often one of these treasures meets the wrecking ball because it’s cheaper. Good grief.

    I like the iron gate and the lettering on top. I think it says St. Joseph’s Rectory, l don’t see as well as I used to. Wrecking ball is probably looking for me too!

    I also like the view of the doors looking out of the church entrance.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Ginger, I’m laughing at your comment about the wrecking ball looking for you. Let’s hope we’re still worth renovating.

      I was pretty sure the train station could be saved, but I had my doubts about the Montgomery Building. There are a host of problems facing the effort to turn it into apartments, but the contractor says they have experience with similar projects.

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  5. There is so much “flavor” to the missing window old building – with the sign on top and the sign in right on street – so original and fresh –
    and when I read you had leftovers that included St Augustine (one of my fav places on the east coast – or used to be at least – my sister had a place down there in early 1990s and I fell in love with it)
    and the red did not disappoint – but the parking structure is so fun too – feels beach like blue and looks like a mini building

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    1. Thanks Yvette. They seem to be doing a very thorough job on repairing that building. The fact that they haven’t removed the sign makes me hopeful that maybe they plan to keep / restore it.

      I really like the little building in the parking lot.

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  6. Loved this post, Dan. When I travel, I’m always drawn to the doors, particularly of churches. The details of the St. Joseph doors are stunning. Someday, someday I’ll visit San Antonio. Thanks for the journey!

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    1. Thanks Gwen. The doors at St. Joseph’s were so interesting. I wish the entrance had been big enough to get a better picture, but at least the interior doors were glass. San Antonio is a wonderful place to visit.

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  7. Lovely selection Dan. It’s always nice to find a use for some of our orphan doors that may not fit a particular theme or category. I have to say that I love that first shot of St. Joseph’s.

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    1. Thanks Norm. One of these days, I’ll share to doors from the Alamo, and the area around there, but that’s probably going to take two Thursdays. Then again, it’s always good to have a supply of doors for weeks like this one where travel or work just gets in the way.

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  8. I like that kind of Moroccan arch on the Trinity church building! And that St. Augustine parking attendant’s shelter, dilapidated though it is, is somehow charming. Congratulations on having two eyesores turned into useful and beautiful structures again. A happy post all around. :)

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    1. Thanks Marian. I liked finding these two churches. When I realized that I didn’t have much of a story about either of them, I decided to put them together. When I stopped at a store downtown (OK, it was a donut shop), I saw the new doors on the train station – so, a little bit more to toss into the stew.

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      1. Ha Ha Ha. That was a good one. To defend myself I can say I overload at work, but I’m at least still at home.

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    1. No sub base, John. That building it on the island between the CT River and the Windsor Locks Canal. The canal is a start park now. By mid summer, you can walk across the river in this part of town.

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  9. I just love the detailing on that iron gate! If I lived in a more populated place, I would absolutely have something like that. Also a huge fan of those beautiful wooden church doors. From the first photo, the door looked to be surprisingly narrow. But the excellent shot looking out of St. Joseph’s Church suggests they must be a lot larger than they first appeared. Interesting optical illusion!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this. I’d love to have a gate but it would look silly in this neighborhood. The doors are narrow but thick. There is a bit of an illusion going on with the carvings/moldings.

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  10. Honestly, your dedication is impressive. I’m impressed! How do you stick to this blog agenda is amazing. I missed my weekly French Friday because of work, but I see you still manage even with work. Also the death of two celebrities in their own way shocked me more than I thought. Which is why I love your red door taken in St. Augustine. Red is the color of blood but also the color of passion, for people and life in general. So thank you for an impressive gallery that lifts my mood today.

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelyne. Weeks like this are the most challenging. I normally have time in the evening or on the weekend to get ahead of the curve. I enjoy writing so it’s a nice way for me to unwind. But this past week, we had a busy weekend and I had a couple working lunches and one dinner, so free time was at a premium. That’s why I ended up with a few short and sweet responses to the prompts.

      I was glad to have highlighted a couple of churches this week. It seems like we can use some peace.

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  11. It must be my Catholic upbringing, but I rather like the cross symbol and my eye is always immediately drawn to one on a building. That’s a long way of saying I like the first gate with the cross on top.

    Then of course there is the photo of the simple glass doors looking out into the vestibule and the cross above the doors bisecting the stained glass behind it. Great photo!

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  12. Thanks Joanne. Churches have used a number of techniques to draw our eyes up to the heavens. I like the feeling, as well. I’m glad you like the picture through the clear doors. I was struggling with trying to capture the feeling of that entrance.

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  13. I love to see renovations, Dan. I could write a million words on why, and so could you. These are beautiful doors. When you said you preferred doors were closed but church doors should be opened… that was lovely.

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