Welcome to Thursday Doors…as Always!

As soon as I saw this, I knew there was something special going on.

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Before I get into the details of my post, I want to thank Norm Frampton for creating the franchise that is Thursday Doors and for letting us share our doors each week for well over five years. Norm, you are the best!

My photos today are random doors from Asylum Hill in Hartford. I didn’t want to get bogged down in the history because I wanted to welcome you to the new location for Thursday Doors.

My first post in the Thursday Doors series was on March 26th, 2015. If you can believe this, that post consisted of one photo, and eighty-two words. How things have changed. I wasn’t sure my first door was the kind of thing Norm had in mind, but his comment on that post made me feel welcome to the then nascent Thursday Doors community.

What I most hope for in my stewardship of this blog feature, is that I will be able to continue to make people feel welcome in this community. Whether you love doors, architecture, colors, buildings, places, history, artistry or any of the other reasons people have shared doors, you are welcome here! Whether you came to share doors with us or to look at doors from around the world, you are welcome here.

I’m only making a few changes during this transition. As much as I like to run through the context and backstory, probably the best thing is to give you a list:

  • I will continue to ask that you leave the link to your Thursday Doors post in a comment below. While pingbacks will work for many of you, I think comments are easier for others to read.
  • You can link to your post any time between 12:01 am Thursday and noon Saturday (both eastern time). That’s a little earlier on the front end, I hope that works better for those of you in Europe.
  • I won’t be predictable in the way I title my Thursday Doors posts. If you do want to link to my post, you will find the current link available in a widget on the right sidebar. The link will be visible, Wednesday through Friday, although the link won’t work until 12:01 am Thursday.
  • I ask that contributors continue to focus on doors. Posts which cover a wide variety of challenges, and include a random door, are not what we hope to see.
  • Thursday Doors is a place to relax; a sanctuary of doors, architecture, art and history. Government buildings are welcome – political messages are not. Churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples are welcome – proselytizing is not. History is welcome – revisionist history is not. Humor is welcome as long as it is not at the expense of any person or group.
  • Anyone can post any and every week. There is no membership, no commitment and no upper or lower limit on the number of doors in your post.

A few more things: as established by Norm, I will adhere to the practice of not providing bail to any Thursday Doors photographer. Please respect people’s property and obey No Trespassing signs.

It is expected that you have the right to share the door(s) in your post. Doors from other sources, historical and otherwise, should always be attributed.

If you share your doors on social media, you are encouraged to use the hashtag #ThursdayDoors.

Consistent with the practice during Norm’s management, I will be taking a break for the upcoming holidays. I know, he has the job one week and he’s already taking a vacation.

There will be no Thursday Doors post here on Dec 24th, or December 31st, 2020. Thursday Doors will resume on January 3rd, 2021.

Also consistent with Norm’s practices, I will be posting a collection of my favorite doors from 2020 in my post on December 17th. I encourage you to join me in that tradition.

There you have it. Thursday Doors is now underway from No Facilities and you are welcome to join us.

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175 comments

  1. Good morning, Dan, and kind thanks for taking over and keeping Thursday Doors alive :)

    Some gorgeous doors you have here, I’ve seen some “faces” in those houses too :) The last image, the red brick establishment, is magnificent, although I like the first one, trimmed with yellow, best. Looks like a gingerbread house :)

    I do miss snow and all true-winter related activities, and with Saint Nicholas around the corner:
    https://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/first-snow-saint-nicholas-thursday-doors/

    Wishing everyone a merry week further :)
    Pat

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    1. Yeah, I don’t think the Editor would authorize bail, Maggie. I didn’t think at first that “red light door” might have an alternate meaning. Traffic light door would have been better. I just wanted to make sure people knew I was not in motion at the time.

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    1. It’s my pleasure to host Thursday Doors, Teresa. I love the old stately brick homes and buildings in this area of Hartford. There are more to come, but they deserve some explanation and I didn’t want to add that in today’s post. I’m glad you’re hanging in with me.

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    1. Most of the rules and traditions were established by Norm over the years. I thought it would be good to begin with a refresher. He really did create a wonderful blogfest. Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the doors.

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  2. Congratulations on continuing the tradition. I’m thinking way ahead for the beach walk about doors. I post Thursdays at 1 AM (our time) … but I’m usually in bed before midnight. You mentioned a widget on the right where I can get the link ahead of time (as of Wednesday). I don’t see it. Guidance please.

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    1. Sorry about the widget, Frank. I was asleep at the switch (first week jitters). The link will be available in the spot where it is now (close to the top). I’ll have an explanation of the link and other things I’ve learned about WordPress in my post on Monday.

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  3. Congratulations on wearing yet another hat Dan. This is a big project to take on, but you are more than up to the task!

    Beautiful homes. I love everything about the last photo. That fixer-upper would be gorgeous renovated by the right person.

    But the recently remodeled duplex caught my eye. In the first one it looks like a guy is perhaps picking up debris and putting it in the bag he’s carrying. In the second photo of this duplex someone is on his cellphone saying, “It’s okay Mildred. The weird guy taking pictures is gone.” Love those twin entrances and the elaborate brickwork and the trim around the roofline.

    Ya done good Dan.
    Ginger

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    1. They appeared to be cleaning up the site, perhaps getting ready to put it on the market. I was hoping they would think I was just a potential buyer, Ginger. I need to check with the Editor about whether that bail restriction applies to me.

      I still can’t get over the square turret having three dormers on such a small roof. I would hate to be the guy having to put those shingles on.

      I was reading most of the Thursday Door entries, so I don’t think this will be a big increase in work for me. I do love doors, and I think Norm started a great blogging feature.

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    1. I wasn’t sure if you meant the featured image or the first image in the gallery, so I added a B&W version of both near the end of the gallery. I do think they look good that way. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Hugh. If you’re referring to the building with the thousand dormers, I might agree. It is an interesting look. A lot of these old brick buildings could be creepy under the right circumstances. I’m not sure I’d want to go trick or treating in this neighborhood.

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    1. Thanks Jean. I may have messed up your reference, by adding B&W versions of two doors (it was suggested and I couldn’t resist) but I know the house you’re talking about. Those dormers are amazing.

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  4. Hi Dan – well done on taking over the stewardship from Norm – it’s been an interesting bloghop to follow along to here – I haven’t ventured further away … but I’m happy being around. Love the idea – it opens so many ideas – clever chap is Norm. I feel you’ll be doing an excellent job – and I’ll be around … all the best and stay safe – Hilary

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  5. Welcome, Dan! I’m confident that Thursday Doors will be running quite smoothly under your stewardship. I really like the house that needs TLC even in its neglected state it looks neat. I like the colors and textures. The Duplex is lovely, and that grand building with the dormers is stately, but a little spooky too. I thought of the Adams Family when I saw it.

    Here’s the link to my door this week. I couldn’t let your debut pass without sharing a door.
    https://circadianreflections.com/2020/12/03/thursday-doors-red-door/

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    1. Thanks Deborah. The house with the dormers is a little spooky. Janet suggested I add a black and white version. I did, and I think it’s even spookier. When I first saw the house that needs a coat of paint, I though the affect was something they had planned. It does have a certain appeal. Thanks for your festive contribution!

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  6. Congratulations of your first post as host of Thursday Doors, Dan! What a wonderful collection you gave us. Yes, that place with all those dormers is fascinating. Tee-hee! Of course, I remember the “Atonement, TN” diner! You made my day by sharing that one. I was already thinking Deme and Honeybell would be excited about Piggy’s — and then freak out when they saw the menu. LOL. :D
    Okay, I can’t make a habit of a Thursday post, but I can’t resist doing something in honor of you taking the reigns. I’ll be back. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Teagan. I knew you’d remember the diner. I won’t share a picture of Piggy’s menu. Maybe it’s vegan barbecue. OR maybe it would be if Deme and Honeybell stepped inside. The first thought that I had when I saw the house with the dormers is “what kind of story would Teagan set in this place?”

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  7. Dang–I knew I was late to the party but 66 comments ahead of me??!! This was such a nice intro to your taking over for Norm. Very well done. I like the rules, too, but no bail…..that’s gonna hurt a lot, I’m guessing. :D I did get a chuckle out of your ‘red light door’ and laughed when I saw Maggie and I thought the same. You have great followers, Dan! Beautiful doors, by the way. Those Victorian homes get me every time.

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    1. Sorry about the line ahead, Lois. At least the comments aren’t six feet apart. I didn’t think long enough about “red light door” – you and Maggie are going to get me in trouble with The Editor. By the way, she-who-must-be-obeyed is adamant about the no bail – I think it even applies to me :(

      Thanks for being one of my great followers!

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  8. Yay! my Pingback worked! So, a few rule changes for ThursdayDoors but nothing unreasonable in my humble opinion, and following the Norm Traditions.You have a nice gallery this week to boot. Looks like you’ve got it all under control :) I appreciate your taking the job on and know you’ll do just fine!

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  9. Well, Dan, considering I have not submitted a doors post for a very long time, I had no idea you were becoming the new Thursday Door Master. I hope Norm gave you an actual badge and gift card to the hardware store for taking on this task. Good luck with being in charge and you never know – I may show up here in the future with a door post or two.

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    1. You would be most welcome, Mary. No badge, no charge account, no official vehicle with lights that let me stop at the sight of an interesting door – we need such a thing. But Norm did give me a well-tuned machine of a bloghop. I hope to keep it rolling along.

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  10. Wow, I caught the hint a few posts back but this is awesome. I wasn’t always able to participate in Norm’s prompt but I tried to when I though I had interesting doors. In celebration of your new stewardship I actually had an idea for a doors post a few days ago. Stay tuned…
    The photos you posted today are really a marvelous collection. I love those dormers too. There is an historical house in Lincoln, NE that is very similar in architecture. As soon as travel there is safe again, I’m gling to snag a shot. I have some deep in the photography archives but that is like going in the abyss. 🤦‍♀️Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I fully understand how it’s sometimes easier to travel and take a photo than it would be to find one you know you have ;-)

      You’re welcome to join any time with any door(s).

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  11. What a great collection, Dan. I loved seeing the treasures through your eyes. Who knows, I might have just driven by and not seen the magic. Congrats on hosting. You did a terrific job. ✨🎄✨

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    1. Thanks. Norm established the rules early on, I didn’t modify much, but I thought we could all use a reminder. These gingerbread houses do need periodic maintenance, but they have stood for almost 150 years. If you build a cookie model, I hope you’ll share it with us.

      I really enjoyed your post – congratulations to you all!

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  12. I skipped Thursday Doors for two weeks and realized everything’s change. Will miss Norm, but so glad you are taking up the reins. That’s very nice of you to keep it going!! Wow, the houses in your post are gorgeous. I’d love to live in any one of them. The third one certainly does need a little fixing up, but I can envision what it would be with a little TLC.

    Here’s my post for this week: https://brendasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/thursday-doors-transformers-2/

    Take care!

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I’m glad you joined us today. Your doors are pretty interesting. I like the brick buildings and the Victorians in this part of the city. In the places where they are still concentrated, it’s almost like going back in time.

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  13. Off to a good start, Dan! Thanks for a rundown of the “rules and regulations” of Thursday Doors. Good to know that I can stop mailing my monthly membership fees to Norm. I loved the stately old homes in your collection. And, can I just say how much I’d love to say that I lived in a place called Asylum Hill?

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    1. Hahaha – you’re made me laugh, Janis. I guess I missed my opportunity to institute that fee structure. There are some very nice areas on Asylum Hill. If you did live there, you could point to a couple famous old neighbors, Mark Twain and Harriot Beecher Stowe. lived there. I will be featuring some doors from there after our holiday break.

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    1. Thanks John, I kinda like that title – Thursday Door Dude – I don’t recall missing one of these posts, and I follow most of the players, so it’s not a lot of work. Norm had it set up so well, it really runs itself.

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  14. It is Friday afternoon and all of sudden I thought about Thursday doors! I remember there was a change. Welcome as host! Norm made me looking for doors and I really like it. I keep looking for nice doors in 2021 as well.

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    1. I am glad to hear that. And, of course we’ll be here Thurs-Sat, so if you need to wait until Friday, it’s no problem. I’ve really come to admire your door themes. I never know how you find them, but you do.

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    1. Thanks for continuing to participate. I really enjoy this challenge and I love seeing the doors, entrances and buildings from around the world. I’m glad you liked the ones I presented here.

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  15. Well it seems you have achieved a new mantle on your shoulders, Dan, and I say congratulations to you. You are worthy to now head the Thursday Door challenge. These homes and the architecture made me drool. Fantastic shots of an era gone by. Love them!

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    1. Thanks Amy. It was an easy decision. I’m here every week, and I really enjoy the challenge. The area in Hartford where these houses are located (Asylum Hill) was quite the prized location in the mid-late 1800s. I’d still enjoy living in some of these houses. They are mostly in very good shape.

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  16. Thanks for holding the doors open for us, Dan! You captured some great door photos to start off the Dan era and I wanted to get a door posted on your inaugural Thursday Doors launch. When I did my last post on Norm’s TD last week I found 2 doors from Freak Alley in Boise Idaho. So what better way to start off on your TD than to post another door from Freak Alley. Here’s the link to my post:

    https://undiscoverdimagesamongstus2.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/a-new-beginning/

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  17. This was a wonderful transition, Dan. Thank you and congratulations on taking over for Norm. You door collection is terrific. I especially like the red light door photo with the barn shaped structure.

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    1. Thanks Jennie. I’m honored to be the home of Thursday Doors. Norm did such a good job building this challenge, I really don’t have much in the way of work – more like, “just don’t break it.”

      The photo you like is one of my favorites. That says “New England” to me.

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      1. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” You are the perfect one to pick up Norm’s reins. Giddy up, Dan. 🙂 I’m glad you feel the same way about the photo. Yes, it says New England.

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  18. Congrats on your blog promotion, Dan! I’m sure Thursday Doors will continue to thrive under your stewardship. Norm did a fantastic job, and who better to take over than you?

    I remember making a punning comment (naturally) on your first doors post. Little did I suspect you would stick to it for so long! Glad you did, though. It’s a blogging highlight for so many people.

    Nice collection today, btw — as always. :) I particular like the “red light door”. Its panes and x’s are very appealing. Hope you have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thanks Paul. Your punny comments are always welcome, anything to put a smile on someone’s face works for me. These houses and buildings are wonderful reminders of a very interesting time in Hartford. The city was on the edge in the 1800s, and this area was the place to be.

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  19. Dan, I have noticed that a single photo can be sized and the alignment can be changed, but there doesn’t seem to be the same accommodation for a gallery. I often use 3 or 4 photos in a group and would like to size down or up for aesthetic purposes. Any suggestions? Or is this just a case of it is what it is? I can see how your discovery will come in handy for Thursday doors. Now, I just have to find some interesting doors. P.S. Congratulations on taking over from Norm. He did a great job.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I hope to keep Thursday Doors moving along as well as Norm did. Those are big shoes to fill.

      The Gallery blocks support an ‘image size’ option, but not all themes support that. My theme is locked into ‘Large’ as the image size and it doesn’t offer any option to limit the size of the gallery on the page.

      One option would be to add a ‘Layout Grid’ block in which you can add individual Image blocks (creating your own gallery). In the layout block, you can shrink the size of individual images (my theme doesn’t let me grow them), but you lose the carousel feature for display.

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