Random Duluth Doors

Welcome to Thursday Doors! This is a weekly challenge for people who love doors and architecture to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos, drawings, or other images or stories from around the world. If you’d like to join us, simply create your own Thursday Doors post each (or any) week and then share a link to your post in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). If you like, you can add our badge to your post.

Door aficionados like the ones who contribute to the weekly challenge all understand the experience of walking or driving in a city for the first time. Along with all the sights, you are looking for doors. Some are doors that we make note of, research and go back to investigate. Others are just cool looking doors we know others will enjoy seeing. That’s what I have for you today. Just random doors spotted while walking and driving around Duluth, Minnesota.

In case you missed last week’s post, I included the Thursday Doors schedule. A copy of the schedule is available on the sidebar, under the Thursday Doors badge and URL, but here are the important dates to remember:

December 9th – Next week includes an optional challenge. If you are so inclined, I am suggesting that you share holiday doors. There are many holidays celebrated this time of year, and you are welcome to call attention to any holiday you prefer. Since the challenge is optional, you are also free to ignore it. Thursday Doors, the no pressure blog challenge. As this challenge takes time off at the end of the month, feel free to use photos taken in prior years.

December 16th – This week is traditionally when we share our favorite doors from the current year. What doors were you particularly proud of in 2021? Which ones made you happiest? Which are special. The good news is you already took the photos, and they are in your library.

The 16th is also the day we will begin accepting entries for the 2022 Thursday Doors Badge Contest

I hope you enjoy my gallery, and I hope you have time to visit a few others. If not, remember, I will post all the Thursday Door links on Sunday in the Weekly Recap.

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  1. I love the house in two colors (teal and brick) and with a turret :) and the one with the red door. Red is supposed to be an auspicious shade for a home’s door.

    Those long flights of stairs leading to entrances are charming, and your shots are great :) but they do remind me of a certain comedy sketch with Laurel and Hardy. A piano was involved ;)

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    • I was fortunate, in that my brother had visited the area many times before and new where to find interesting sites and he enables my door addiction ;-)

      I enjoyed your post. Lovely doors, but that mountain view is impressive.

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  2. All that and 86″ of snow?? I bet those homes are gorgeous in the snow, too, but I also can’t imagine getting to those doors in the winter. I love the porches that come with these doors; the homes are almost overwhelming but the porches always say “set a spell.”

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  3. What a wonderful collection, Dan. I loved them all, but I especially like the entrance to St. Mary’s parish. That’s pretty amazing! Have a great day…

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    • Thanks Gwen. In cities that are built on hills, stairs are such a prominent feature. I like how the stairs are almost hidden on the church entrance. I hope you have a nice day ans get your weekend off to a good start (maybe early).

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    • I agree with your second thought, Pam. Even the large houses they build today have a cheap commercial appearance. My wife calls it “drag and drop architecture.” As if they sat at a computer and said, “ooh, let’s put a dormer here.” I feel like these houses were designed with more thought for how they look and how they work.

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  4. Dan, these homes, doors, windows, turrets, brickwork, wrap-around porches and awesome stairways are magnificent. The home I grew up in had a wrap-around porch….. I loved it! The church is beautiful. The architecture and craftsmanship that went into these buildings reflects the pride that went into their creation. Don’t see much of that anymore.

    Today I wouldn’t be able to manage those steps, up or down! I can’t imagine what it takes to keep them free of snow and ice! Yikes!

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    • I’m with you on all the details, Ginger. I hope there’s a street running behind these houses and that one can drive up to a back door. Those steps, especially in winter, are an accident waiting for me to arrive. We don’t have enough space to add a wrap-around porch (or I would). I love how big those porches are.


  5. Several lovely houses you have for us. But each seems quite private, on its own, and not too happy to draw glances. I would be reluctant to take photos and in fear they wouldn’t like that. You never mention that someone irate comes out and tried to prevent you. I hope it doesn’t happen. My favourite door is the last striking red one, and my favourite house is the fourth two-colour with the turret-like element.

    My post is from the fairy-tale town where I was hopping around in September and then made the mural series on my blog. Some doors have been patiently waiting for today.

    Thursday Doors 2/12/21: Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce

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  6. I love these old homes. You’ve captured some beauties, Dan. Imagine the UPS guy having to make a delivery with all those steps?! That one house with all the rocks as a yard–not pretty but so darn practical. I cannot imagine having to mow the lawn on an incline like that.

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  7. I like homes with turret-like elements. We have a few around here and I gawk at them every time I see them. I like the symmetry of the doors on St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Parish. Cool name for a church, too.

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  8. Ooo, lots of good ones today, Dan. That grand house really is and I like the one on the bottom right a lot. Once again I marvel at the different styles of architecture in different parts of the country. Like you, I love the porches on these but houses of this size would be financial insane to cool in my part of the world. A two-story house of any sort can really up the electric bill here where summer is six months of the year. :-)

    Thursday doors…California trio & palindromes

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  9. Hi Dan – that first house is interesting and I particularly liked those wooden doors … I guess a woodland ‘design’ … but so pleased your brother aided your search for excellent Thursday doors … all of which I found fun to see – cheers Hilary. Oh PS all that snow on those rooves that aren’t that steep … interesting …

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed these, Hilary. My brother is the best guide. So patient with me as I ask him to stop, turn, turn around, etc. We set a record here once it’s 86” of snow. We’ve since broken that record two or three times. One year, we had over 80” in January alone. We have a pretty steep roof, but we had to get out with roof rakes to pull some of the weight off. I don’t know how you do that on a huge house.

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  10. Hey Dan, a man’s home in Duluth is surely his castle. I thought many of these homes looked like they deserved a waterfront view (confession not knowing precisely where Duluth is located) and after a quick geography review ;) … maybe they do! And a couple floors above the snow melt (86 in!!) would work well, too. Here’s my post for this week’s TD: https://wheatsaltwineoil.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/a-mountain-goats-trail-thursday-doors/

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  11. Some of these homes, Dan, remind me of YouTube videos hubby and I have been watching regarding abandoned mansions and how they are planned to be torn down. The horror I feel as I watch before me incredible workmanship that could be restored!! To see these homes as is brings such joy to my heart for I know there are many in this world who do preserve history through architecture. Great selection of homes and doors! Thank you! xo

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  12. So many wonderful homes, Dan. I do love turrets and rounded shapes. Thanks for sharing these photos.
    You know I can’t focus for a lot of rules and don’t have much flexibility, but maybe I can do something for your Dec. 16 challenge and use “Doors of Attunement.” Good luck with both of these. Hugs on the wing.

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  13. Great doorscursion photos, Dan! You managed to find great buildings and doors and weaved them into a fun narrative.

    I’ve managed to get a consecutive post in this time but my computer if breaking up and I managed to knock my external hard disk out of whack and, from a person that should know better, I failed to do backups so I’m hoping my computer repair guy can help me. Until then it might be my trusted iPhone to see what’s happening in the virtual world.

    Here’s my short contribution for this week: https://undiscoverdimagesamongstus2.wordpress.com/2021/12/03/thursday-doors-door-scents/


  14. I’m glad I saved this to read later! That last house and door is wonderful, but you saw and captured many wonderful doors and houses in this random walk/drive.

    I love those porches, and portico ones. I just ordered my 2021 Hallmark ornament. It’s a house. I’ve been collecting them since the 90’s! It has very similar colors to the last house.

    I’ve been saving some doors from Christmas in London from 2019 so, I’ll get something ready…finally to share on the 9th. 😀😂

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  15. Wow some pretty grand homes with some impressive architecture. I don’t know why exactly but it’s not what I pictured when I think of Duluth.
    Just wanted to pop in real quick and wish you a Happy Doorversary my friend. Can’t believe an entire year has flown by already. You’ve done great with it Dan. Keep up the good work 😊

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  16. I love all the contributions but never seem to manage to get organised to contribute, Dan. Perhaps something to think about for my New Year’s Resolution. Thanks for your wonderful images!

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