The last day I was in Washington, DC, I had an early meeting in the city. I took the local subway (Metro) into Union Station and walked from there to the meeting site. It was still cool enough to walk the roughly 1.3 mi (2 km) and not arrive at the meeting looking like a damp dish towel. This gave me a chance to take some door photos. My route was one I had taken before, but I don’t think I captured any duplicates. My fellow door aficionados will understand the fact that I purposely chose a few turns that took me down roads I knew were different.
The first interesting door I saw was an old, apparently unused door on the Phoenix Park Hotel. This boutique hotel dates to 1922. It has been renovated on the interior and is said to offer a nice array of modern amenities. One article I found mentions the addition of a nine-story wing in 1992. At first, I thought the new wing was the smaller wing on the left. After closer consideration, I believe the left section is the original.
The next building on my walk is Engine Company Number 3. I do think that I’ve shared these doors before, but I’ve learned more about them. First, you’ll notice that the doors are slightly open, and that they don’t open like standard overhead doors. The firehouse dates back to 1916 when fire apparatus was much smaller than today’s firetrucks. Another interesting thing about this building is that it might be haunted. The spirits of both a fireman from the (predecessor) Columbia Company and a horse, both of whom died in the line of duty (different incidents) are said to have been seen or heard in the modern firehouse.
After the fire house, I encountered that I was able to find some information about is the Chinese Community Church. Similar to many other churches I’ve featured on Thursday Doors, the church and the building exist along different timelines. The congregation was formed in 1935. They purchased the current building in 1994. The building began its history in 1852 as a Presbyterian church. It later served Jewish and Baptist congregations, and finally a Presbyterian congregation.
The other doors were more random encounters for which I was not able to find much information. I put my observations in the captions.
Today’s post is another contribution to Norm Frampton’s famous and fun Thursday Doors blog hop. If you enjoy looking at doors, you can find many such entries at Norm’s place. If you enjoy photographing doors and sharing them, you can find out how to do that at Norm’s place as well.
I am including a few extra doors today, as I continue my experiments with the Block Editor (Guttenberg). I will add that my experience has been frustrating, but I want to give it a fair shake. At Hugh’s (Hugh’s News and Views) suggestion, I am trying a ‘stacked gallery’ today. I also added a slide show gallery. The stacked gallery works better for longer captions, since the slide show captions are over the images.