West School Et al. – #ThursdayDoors

West School

For the past two weeks, I’ve been sharing doors from the towns of Lexington and Burlington, Massachusetts. As you might expect, I took pictures of more doors than I shared. Accordingly, I have some leftovers to share today.

The door I chose to feature is the West School in Burlington. Originally one of four one-room schools serving the children in Burlington West School was moved to its current location in the 1960s. Ironically, this classis, historic school sits across the street from the modern curved church I included last week. As for the rest of the doors, I have put what I know about these doors in the captions.


This post is part of Norm Frampton’s weekly fun look at doors from around the world. If you want to participate in this fun blogfest, or if you just want to see some wonderful doors, head on up to Norm’s place. I’m not sure if the blue frog is on duty, but there will be an option on Norm’s page to enter the gallery of everyone’s doors.

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    1. Thanks! There were so many doors. I was hoping I had enough for another post. I do like finding the little one-room schools that have been preserved. I can’t imagine being in one (or teaching in one), but they are cute.

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  1. I love that little schoolhouse, Dan. I think a collection of smaller buildings would be much better for schools than sprawling big properties. It would make them more homely and less institutional looking. Although combined heating and running costs might be higher.

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  2. We had a “one room school house” in the little town where I grew up. It was no longer in use, but I always wished I could have gone to school there. Those church buildings are all quite unusual, as is the library. Nice stonework and roof lines. Love the banner on the church. Good message!

    We wound up with about 3″ of snow, or should I say ice! Ugh. Suppose to reach 49* today, so there should be significant melting, which unfortunately means slush, mud and little lakes of water. Sigh…..c’mon spring! Hope your area didn’t get hit too hard.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. We got about 2″ of snow with a nice crust of ice. Cleats allowed me to do the pre-snowblowing shoveling, and then the machine spit everything into the yard. Maddie got to play a little and I was able to get back to work inside. The car is staying in the garage.

      I did like the message on the banner.

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  3. A door on a building is like lips on a face. Some are beautiful and welcoming, opening wide for enrichment. Some are scary and off-putting, like a frown or a snarl. And some are just there to get the job done.

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  4. Dan the Lexington Historical center was the train station. Good thing you included it to counter balance all of those one room school houses. I am guessing there are more doors on the back and that they are slightly less ornate than the main entrance. That is if they have survived. Nice.

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  5. Hi Dan – love the little police house – I wonder if it has been there a while and perhaps was the original police house. Lots of churches … and I see most of the snow has gone – cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. I wonder the same thing about that little building. They got more snow the night after I took these pictures, and they’ve gotten more snow, several times, since then. We’re all waiting for spring. I hope to get back up there when I have some time to explore.

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  6. I like that church mostly because if it wasn’t for the bell tower you wouldn’t even know it was a church. The home across the street with the full length covered porch is gorgeous too.
    Here’s to nice leftovers :-)

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  7. Hi Dan,
    There are some great doors here Dan and it’s also been interesting to experience this regional architecture. It’s not something you hear discussion very often and you here about international foods etc but so many places have a local influence on even a fairly basic home.
    I was quite intrigued by the First Baptist Church which looks like a castle. Do you know anything more about that?
    I am quite overdue for another doorscursion. Need to go lookinig for next week I suspect.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thansk Rowena. I know that First Baptist Church was built right after the government loosened the reins that The Congregational Church ha don cities and towns. We came here from England for “religious freedom” but that seemed to mean “we get to choose the religion we won’t be free from.” The Congregational Church was the de-facto government for many years. Maybe they just wanted a different look for their church.

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