This is the final official Thursday Doors post of 2018, as Norm has decided to take next Thursday off. Norm suggested that we spend this final Thursday by revisiting our favorite doors from 2018.
That’s easier said than done. I doubt that I have the most doors of any door nerd, but I posted over 900 door images in 2018. Fortunately, all of my Thursday Doors posts are in the category of “Thursday Doors” and I added a menu option at the top of this page that lets me (and you) filter this blog by category. Still, 900 doors is a lot to distill down to 20 favorites. I think I can do it. I scanned my posts and selected 38 favorite doors. I think I can delete 18 of them as I assemble the gallery. But, before that, I want to take advantage of this opportunity to complete some research that events didn’t allow enough time for during the year.
The door to Hipwell Manufacturing is one of my favorites, and judging from your comments, it was a crowd favorite as well. Hipwell, founded in 1887 and made lamp wicks. As electricity became more common and electric lights more convenient, Hipwell (HipCo) invented the single cell battery and later produced flashlights that utilized those batteries. The company manage to fend off foreign competition for many years, but in 2005, it was forced to close. My friend David will appreciate that in the early 1950s, Hipco also produced a line of electric lamps, tin signs and tin houses for use with Lionel and American Flyer electric trains. They produced 400,000 lamps and over 100,000 miniature houses.
Within a ½ mile of the old HipCo building is Calvary United Methodist Church. This is another building that proved to be very popular, but at the time, I didn’t even know what church it was. I wasn’t able to learn much about it, but I did discover that the Gothic Revival styled church was built from 1892 to 1895. When I was growing up in Pittsburgh, the North Side was a low-income area. However, in the 1870s, that was not the case. From the church’s website:
“Allegheny City was built by millionaires, and the area that Calvary was built was known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’. By the 1870’s and 1880’s there were more millionaires living in a one-square mile radius (Allegheny City) than anywhere else in the world.”
OK, enough research. Let’s look at the favorites. Note, on some of these, I have edited the description from the original text.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment and thank our wonderful host, Norm Framptom for a year of Thursday Doors. If you want to see Norm’s favorite 2018 doors, head over to his place. If you ant to see everyone elses favorite doors, click on the little blue frog after you look at Norm’s doors. Also, in case you won’t be around until next week, or perhaps the week after, I hope you have a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and a Happy New Year (if you recognize the passage of time).