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).
In the course of chasing down doors of buildings that I had found listed in the Registry of Historic Places, I stumbled upon buildings that have, or perhaps used to have some very nice doors. I don’t know much about the doors in today’s gallery, but I do know something about two. One fits the “Hartford’s South End” theme I’ve been working.
The first building is the Central Baptist Church of Hartford. Geographically, it barely counts as being in the South End – it sits in the first block in what most people consider the southern portion of the city. Although this church celebrated its bicentennial in 1990, ike most churches in New England, the dates need to be examined. This church traces its beginnings to 1638 and a church established in Rhode Island by Roger Williams. The first Baptist church established in Hartford was built in 1790. Other buildings followed in 1835 as the church grew. The building in my gallery was built in 1909 and is still going strong today.
The other building that I really like is an office building in East Hartford., Built in 1892 as an apartment building with four tenements. In the 1930s the apartment building was known as “The Clifford,” and if you look closely, you can see that name carved into the stone at the top above the entrance.
I am happy to say that I’ve received a few “inspirational doors” for the Second Annual Thursday Doors Writing Challenge. I’ve actually received one writing entry, but I won’t be sharing that until the challenge begins on May 1st. Anyway, the page is setup, and you can visit to view the early doors and perhaps be inspired. The full rules of the writing challenge will be posted on that page as well – don’t worry, there aren’t many rules and there won’t be a test. Remember: I am collecting doors through Saturday April 30.
I hope you enjoy the doors in the gallery, and I hope you have a chance to visit the collections from the other participants. If you miss any today, remember, I’ll feature them again in the Sunday Recap.
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