Slow Travel – More Doors

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The best thing about traveling during retirement is not being on a tight schedule.

As I mentioned in replies to a few comments, I had driven by Worcester and seen the towers of Union Station from the highway, many times. I once spent six months working in Lowell, Massachusetts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, driving through Worcester each day. Of course, that was in 1985—before the restoration—so maybe it’s good I didn’t stop.

Before leaving for Burlington, MA, I searched for historic train stations I might find along the way. Google has a curious concept of “near me” and suggested stations that were well beyond a quick detour. I decided to find the historic stations in Newton and Waltham Massachusetts. The station in Waltham doesn’t rise to the level of Worcester Station, and is currently occupied by an insurance agency, but it’s always good to see a train station still standing.

The station in Newton—let’s just say Google and I got our wires crossed. I might save that for next week, but don’t let your anticipation build. I was able to snap photos of other doors and buildings. I may also be sharing these photos again next week, as I think I have more than enough for one week.

Most of these were taken from my car while at the curb in a no parking zone. Finding parking in Massachusetts is not easy. I was able to park for a few minutes opposite the fire station and the museum.

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    • I had that same thought about the doors on the chapel. Perhaps they’ve recently been replaced and are awaiting final prep. Probably not, but a boy can hope.

      Thanks for squeezing us in before work!

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    • I have the same question about the chapel door. I was wondering if it was a recent replacement and they added a clear protective coat for winter. I might have to return if I head to Boston in the fall.

      Thanks for the curious collection of ghost doors (maybe) and entrances (maybe).

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    • I was hoping to find some photos of the Prospect House being moved. I’m sure it’s listed in our national registry, but the documents containing this area of Massachusetts aren’t available yet.

      You found a lovely house that certainly will never be rotated.

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  1. Slow travel — my kind of speed! I like the part about how you were snapping photos from no-parking zones. That train station might not be Union, but it makes a tidy-looking office. Are those storm cellar doors in the ground there? Those are doors not often seen! I do like all the windows in these buildings, and of course windows are a kind of door.

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    • You have a good eye, Maureen. Those are cellar doors. I hadn’t even noticed them when I prepared and posted the photo. Street parking anywhere near Boston is a significant challenge. My favorite spot is near a fire hydrant, but of course I don’t dare leave my car. When I was opposite the fire station, I had the last real legal parking spot, but a deliver van driver wanted it, and I motioned that I’d leave after one more picture. I’d love to work in a restored train station.

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  2. Love the Prospect House. Handsome building. But the street, sidewalk and driveway need sone TLC,

    The stone chapel is a beauty. The door is a beauty too, but unusual to see on a church.

    The red doors on the firehouse are grand. No mistaking what this building is!

    You sure have a knack for finding interesting doors/buildings Dan. Thanks for the tour.

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    • Thanks Ginger. I am hoping that the door on the chapel is not finished yet. That stands out a little too much. The entrance to the parking lot for the Prospect House needs a bigger curb cut. I’m guessing people drive over that cracked portion all the time. Boston isn’t known for patient drivers.

      No mistaking that firehouse at all. If you look close, you can see three large red firetrucks, one behind each door.


  3. Wonderful pictures! My husband would have fussed about the roof of the museum. “Look at how that roof is cut up! Why would they want to do that?” He hated laying shingles on a roof that had any features on it. Of course, he was primarily an English/Humanities teacher, so he was understandably limited in his building expertise. I’m back in Corydon for my doors today:

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    • I always look at buildings with an eye to how hard they would be to maintain. 65 multi-pane windows? No thank you. 12 dormers? Nope.

      I liked your doors today, although an “item” in one window caught my attention.


  4. Dan, these are the most charming train stations I’ve ever seen. All the other buildings are too.
    In my post today, I’ve featured some of the photos you did for “Brother Love, a Crossroad” because they also worked for Atonement, TN. I hope all of your friends will click over and “get aboard” for my new blog serial, which is set in that fictional town. Hugs.

    #ThursdayDoors — To a New Interactive Serial

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  5. The Prospect House “rotation” was very interesting. Those red doors on the Moody Street fire station…we have a couple stations here that can rival that shade of red, but neither are as classic-looking of a station as that historic venue. Nice to see the old Waltham station repurposed.

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  6. Slow travel is my favorite kind! I love the red doors on the fire station. I spent some time exploring Union Station in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. It has been restored to its original art deco beauty and updated to add a metro hub. I’m so happy when gorgeous old buildings are preserved rather than removed for something more modern and, often, boring.

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    • I am always happy when I see a train station that is no longer being used repurposed, preserved and maintained. They are important and unique reminders of our transportation history.

      I enjoyed your post today, very much.

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  7. Oh, if only those buildings could tell their secrets, what fun it would be to hear the conversations that have occurred within their walls. Whenever I see a building demolished to build something new, I feel a sense of loss. Thank you for your “Doors” posts.

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    • I am glad you enjoy these, Rebecca. The fire station in the gallery has been in use for over 125 years. We can only imagine what those crews talked about. I am so glad that building (and it’s twin across town) are still in use. I am also happy to see that the railroad station has been given a new lease on life. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. I love to see old buildings carefully re-purposed. It extends their lives. And their history. Interesting about that stone church, it is a beautiful building but a rather strange roof. Is there a story there? Love the buildings.

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    • I wish I knew more about that chapel, Pam. It has passed into private hands. I think the door needs to be stained or painted, but I’m glad the building has been preserved. Same with the train station.


    • Thanks Brenda. I don’t know what that building is. I got tangled up trying to get out of the church parking lot and wasn’t able to visit that parking lot as I had planned. Sometimes, traffic wins.

      I loved your photos today!

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  9. Some great buildings Dan. I love the old train station. The firehouse also looks pretty cool. No doors for me this week sadly, I was just too tired from work yesterday. See you next week 😊

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  10. Hi Dan – yes time out … to look around – making a change for you. I’m pleased that history is being remembered – even if whole buildings are moved! Cheers Hilary

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    • I’ll take it any way we can get it, Hilary. We have a number of historic homes in New England that have been, moved, restored and preserved. If they hadn’t been, they would have been torn down. We barely have 400 years of history to work with. Some people don’t think it’s enough to bother about.

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  11. Between other events and circumstances I somehow missed yesterday’s doors. Just like the reason for rotating and moving Prospect house puzzled me my explanations of the error of ADD item to the Reader’s List continues to puzzle the Happiness Engineers. Nice doors Dan !

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    • We never close, John. I’m not sure why they rotated the house. I mean, it’s huge and that had to be a tremendous undertaking. The Happiness Engineers must have some sore puzzlers (credit to Dr, Seuss on that one).

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  12. What an interesting post! I like all the buildings here. The red fire station doors win, and I really like the second, west end photo. I’m glad that you’re going around door-hunting, I will have to do it soon too.

    My post brings the last doors of 2022 worth showing, mostly gates and some interesting finds. There is even a 100-word story.

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