Favorite Doors & Badge Contest

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.

Reminder: Today is the last Thursday Doors challenge for 2021. Thursday Doors will resume on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Today’s gallery, after much review, includes my favorite door photos from 2021. I hope other have joined in this tradition (started years ago by Norm) for the last Thursday Doors post of the year. My favorites come from Hartford and Waterbury Connecticut; Old Sturbridge Village; Pittsburgh, PA; and Duluth, MN;

Yes, this is the last week that this challenge will run during 2021. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun-with-doors during the holidays. Today also marks the start of the context to choose the Thursday Doors Badge for 2022. Create a badge, post it to your blog or send it to me. I’ll arrange the badges for voting and the image will be chosen by the people who like this challenge.

The complete rules are listed below:

  • The badge should mention Thursday Doors and be something that conveys a doors-related message. It can be a photo, a drawing, a collage, or anything else that works.
  • The image should be applicable to any season, as we will use the badge for a year.
  • The badge should be square or a little taller than wide. Otherwise, it’s going to be squished to fit in the sidebar.
  • Your entry MUST BE an image you have the rights to share, and you must be willing and able to extend those rights publicly. I will be inviting everyone to use the badge.
  • You may list your name or your blog URL on the image but try not to go overboard – this is about the doors.
  • Post the badge image on YOUR blog and leave a link to that post in a comment below on THIS post.
  • If you do not have a blog, email the image to noFacilities-at-gmail-dot-com (you know how that works).
  • You do not have to be a regular Thursday Doors contributor, but you should have a nodding acquaintance with the challenge. Regular readers are certainly welcome.
  • One entry per person. If you submit multiple entries, I will include the last one submitted as your contest entry.

Timing – Your link must be posted or your email must be received by 11:59 pm Thursday, December 30th (North American Eastern Time).

Process – I will assemble the images for review and post a survey for voting on Saturday, January 1st. The survey will be open until noon, on Tuesday, January 4th.

The voter-selected badge will be unveiled on Thursday, January 6th, the day Thursday Doors returns to normal operation after our holiday break.

Note: If I receive an abundance of entries, I will arbitrarily limit the entries to 10 or perhaps 12, based on the order in which the comments were posted / emails received. I will also discard any images considered inappropriate.


  1. John Kendrick, on a hill, with snow :) and I feel as if I’m playing Cluedo ;)

    How this year has flown by, Dan. It feels as if just last week we had the 2021 Thursday Doors Badge Contest.
    We’ve seen some might doors, thank you for a year of truly interesting and inspirational blog posts.

    Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, and a New Year with joy and exciting projects!

    While I think of a badge design:


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  2. Great selection of favorite doors Dan. I especially like the entrances to the first three homes. Those buildings are masterpieces of architecture!

    But my favorite today is the name of that little bar….Stone Wall Tavern! That made me really smile. 🤗

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  3. I’m glad I’m not a judge, because I can’t even pick out a favorite door here! I love the Katherine Seymour house and your favorite door – oh, it’s just all too much! 😬

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  4. Hi Dan, these are super doors. I like the gingerbread house very much. I will have a look and see which doors I like best for this weeks post. I am taking a blogging break from Saturday in order to rest and refresh for next year. I will probably pop in and read the odd post but I wont’ be posting during that time.

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    • Thanks Robbie. I think I will have less to offer between now and the new year. Enjoy your break – you’ve earned it! Thank you so much for your support this past year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas ans I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.


  5. I had to click on the photo of the organ pipes to look hard. Wow. They are decorative, you say; does that mean they aren’t connected to an organ? That looks like the kind of place that would have a wonderful old organ for accompanying movies before the talkies came along. It’s a gorgeous theater. A favorite door? Impossible. I have loved the whole exercise of pretending to live behind many of them. Thank you!

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    • What a wonderful combination you gave us – Thanks! The “Dr. Seuss” (that’s what I called it) was from last week’s post from the Old Sturbridge Village Gingerbread House Contest. Thanks for supporting Thursday Doors during The year. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a very nice New Year.


  6. I had to look at the Stone Wall Tavern because I thought of the Stonewall Inn in NYC. Similar names, not the same. You have some beauties here Dan. The very first one (No 12, today), but then the organ pipes (Beautiful!) and the guard dog (so cute!). Looking forward to the new badge. You do a fabulous job, Dan. Enjoy the break.

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    • Thanks Lois. I hope to visit that little bar this year. I’ve seen pictures of the inside, but I want to see it for myself. I’m looking forward to a nice break, and for returning in 2022. Thanks so much for visiting like you do. I appreciate your comments.

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  7. I have always had a love of pipe organs. This is a great group of doors Dan; but I imagine you choosing a few favorite doors is a lot like me choosing a few favorite bird photos. Impossible! I’m going to try and make the doors challenge today but we are moving, so….

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  8. You posted so many of my favorites from your year of Thursday Doors. I can’t pick a favorite, favorite! Notable is that little tavern. That’s a very unique spot! I do love that last house with its red door and tower/turret and I do love that color scheme of the soft blue and white.

    Best of luck to all who enter the Badge contest! I am looking forward to seeing all the entries.

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  9. Hi Dan – I go with number 12 … just love all the red – but am sure many others will have more support. Your one eye locomotive must be near the top for you … cheers Hilary

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  10. A most excellent collection, Dan! Such magnificent architecture, details, the pup and those sun-kissed bricks! Thank you again for your first year as our host. You’re doing extremely well.

    Here is my selection. I had to limit my doors to 30. At the end please find my badge proposal. At first I thought a gif would be fun but it’s probably too big (2 MB). I include a single photo proposal too.

    Have a wonderful holiday and see you again in 2022! Yeah, I love these numbers.

    Best of Thursday Doors 2021

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  11. This has been a wonderful year for doors. I’ve enjoyed so many it would be hard to pick just a few. But that is why we come together every Thursday to indulge. And I have certainly done so.

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  12. Dan, what a splendid collection. Wow. So much fun and beauty.
    I don’t often participate, but since the title to one of my monthly novelettes of “Dead of Winter” included “Doors,” I couldn’t resist. Here’s my post for “Doors of Attunement”

    Thursday Doors Challenge & Free e-Book

    A badge idea just now popped into my head, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to make it… You know I love working with images though. ;) Hugs on the wing!

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    • I always enjoy it when you can participate, Teagan. The doors that you use for your covers are wonderful. They are certainly welcome in this challenge. I hope you can craft a badge idea – that would be welcome, too.


  13. My favorite of your favorites is the top one on the right – it’s grand! No ideas for a badge…, but my post of favorites is here

    THURSDAY DOORS- Favorites

    Oh, and since I am not going to be on for next two weeks, a merry Christmas and happy New Year to you, with a thanks for making Thurs. Doors such a pleasurable experience!

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    • Yes, the holiday break is to give everyone a chance to pay attention to other things. We will be back in 2022 and I am looking forward to seeing your contributions during the year.


  14. This is one time of year I like to visit as many posts as I can in case there’s some I missed! Thanks for hosting. I think the light keeper intrigued me the most this year. And after the wind events this past week, I think more now even!


  15. Hi – forgot to mention that the Dr Seuss entrance was a fab from this post and the trumpet on the garage and brick – (#10 of 20) is also special because my FIL played trumpet and it brought a smile to see you included that one in your final post

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    • I had been hoping to visit the tavern, but I heard from a friend that it has closed. It’s a busy time, Frank, we miss a lot this time of year. But we gain a lot, too. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.


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